Nikau Farm is Dane and Hannah Johns' of Momento Mori very own estate-grown, handcrafted and bottled wines from their family vineyard in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. These wines have significantly more time, labour and dedication put into them, such that it would not be fair to group them together under the one Momento Mori label. To fully capture the level of detail Dane and Hannah go to to produce these wines you can read more here.
2020 Tonimbuk Pinot Noir - Pinot Noir of various different clones from the Tonimbuk site, including 777, D27, 114,115D5V12, MV6 and Pommard. 42 year old cane pruned vines on weathered granite in a spectacular and isolated location.
The vineyard sits on the valley floor surrounded by old volcanic hills and large granite outcrops. It is the gravels and sediments of these features that have slowly made their way down to form the base that these vines now grow out of.
It’s fair to say that I have somewhat fallen in love with Pinot Noir in recent years. The infatuation has led me go down the rabbit hole seeking truth and transparency of place, soils and vines. And this has infatuation has spread of course to be the case now with all of the varieties we are farming.
To achieve this level of transparency It was crucial for me to do a few things. Or not do a few things to be more accurate. Excluding the use of oak (any age at all) was at the top of that list. Add nothing whatsoever to the wines was an equal second. And exclude any manipulation of the must and wines during any part of the process. Essentially the process was .. 100% hand destemmed fruit into a single fermenter, left for approximately 14 days and then pressed to stainless steel where the wines remained until bottling. There was no movement of the tank, no racking, no adds at any stage.
The result I think speaks for itself. A truly elegant & complex wine which has beautiful cohesion and restraint. The fine mineral structure it has seems very reflective of the quartz granite it has it’s roots in and the overall energy is vibrant to say the least! I am immensely happy with this wine and am excited to be able to finally share it.
Just 730 bottles produced