2008 Momo (Seresin) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1045053

90 points Wine Spectator: "Light and citrusy, with grapefruit, tangerine and green melon flavors that linger on the bright, juicy finish. Drink now." (04/09) The 2008 Momo Sauvignon Blanc is made from a blend of fruit from vineyards located on the plains of the Wairau Valley of Marlborough. The Sauvignon was picked between March 29 and April 11 in the late evening and early morning, to ensure the fruit was cool when it reached the winery. After fermentation at a low temperature, to retain fruit character, the wine was allowed time sitting on yeast lees to give greater palate depth and complexity. Aromas of tropical fruit and citrus with a hint of minerality. The palate is textural and rich with ripe tropical fruit and grapefruit. The finish is crisp and dry. Delicious with all types of seafood and summer salads, or just by itself as a refreshing aperitif. 90 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "Bright pale yellow. Pungent aromas of ginger, dusty stone, mint and flowers. Supple, juicy and intense, with a distinctly mineral saline quality complicating the enticing ginger and citrus peel flavors and giving definition to the middle palate. I like this wine's purity and dusty texture. Finishes quite dry but ripe, with a clinging, saline chewy quality and excellent length."

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/14/2009  | Send Email
Deliciously expressive Sauvignon Blanc with all the right ingredients: herbs, grass, citrus and acidity. Sometimes the NZ whites can be a bit too in-your-face for some drinkers, but I can assure you that the Momo keeps everything concentrated and restrained. A great intro to the style.

 By: Neil Maiers-Wine Expedition |  Review Date: 3/11/2010 
A good vibrant yellow color with bright, tropical & citrus notes on the nose. Pink grapefruit on the palate with a tropical layer and a crisp, dry finish. This wine has a nice weight to it; zesty, zingy and a bright, balanced acidity. Another solid Marlborough Sauv Blanc. Check out our webisode on this NZ treat at www.wineexpedition.com.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13