‘Momo’ is a Maori word meaning ‘offspring’ and is the name given to a range of wines that spring from Seresin Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand. The estate was founded in 1992 by Michael Seresin, a cinematographer with many high-profile films to his name. After leaving New Zealand in the 1960s, Michael settled in Italy and was captivated by the Italian food and wine culture. He had looked into making wine in Italy but realising the potential of his homeland, he bought land in Marlborough and immediately set about planting grapes alongside olive trees, orchards, vegetables and herb gardens, replicating the polycultural farms he had seen in Europe. The estate converted to organics in 2000 and biodynamics in 2007. Michael has invested heavily in his vineyard but it is certainly not a successful man’s plaything; the wines speak for themselves and as Michael says, ‘a truly sustainable business is commercially sustainable, too.’ The fruit for Momo comes from three of the estate’s biodynamic vineyards with very different soils and a proportion is also bought in from a select group of neighbouring grape growers who all farm organically.
Garnet red in colour. The bouquet shows aromas of black cherry, mocha, new leather and hints of spice. The palate is concentrated with succulent dark fruits layered over smoky oak and fine mouth-coating tannins.