Momento Mori Staring at the Sun 2019
This particular wine is a blend of Vermentino, Fiano and Moscato Giallo which serve as complementary grapes. The wine spends three months on skins in tank, to acquire aromatics, colour and strength. This is a natural wine, bottled without filtration, fining or added sulphur. It is delicate yet complex, with hints of musk, orange blossom, orange peel, ginger spice and a savoury grip- gloriously aromatic!
The fruit for Staring at the Sun is grown by the Chalmers Family Vineyard on the Mt Camel ranges in northern Heathcote. Experimental blocks were planted to around 30 different grape varieties (mostly Italian) a few years ago. Dane works closely with the Chalmers Family to achieve the quality of fruit they require each year. They are meticulous in the vineyard, using organic viticulture practices and have decades of knowledge growing alternative varieties in Australia.
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Made from the Italianate blend of Vermentino, Fiano, Malvasia and Moscato Giallo, you’d never know this has seen three months of skin contact. Dane Johns likes to ferment in a closed stainless steel tank, and this preserves incredible vitality and soft texture. The final result is packed full of juicy citrus fruit with a lick of ginger and salt on the finish.
Drinking Window 2020 – 2023