Pinot Noir – 2018

Region: New Zealand


Meaning ‘offspring’ in Maori, MOMO sprung from Seresin Estate in Marlborough.  Now grown up with its own identity and personality, MOMO is youthful, urbane and well travelled, with an easy charm.  Seriously stylish, MOMO loves good food and great conversation.  Above all, MOMO is about enjoyment – the simple pleasure of good wine.MOMO selects organically grown grapes from a small number of growers and uses minimal winemaking intervention to present wines with honest varietal character and quality. All wines are Vegan friendly as well.

Grapes / Soils

Pinot Noir Vines planted on average in 1995 Mixed alluvial silt, gravel and clay soils

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • 2 vineyard sites: Raupo Creek in Omaka Valley and Noa at Western end of Wairau Valley
  •  Raupo Creek is clay-rich on hillside
  • Noa is Waimakariri type soils of alluvial origin
Harvest Notes
  • 2018 was unusual for Marlborough, with run of wet conditions following warm weather
  • Vineyards fared well with low yields
  • Most of the fruit was harvested by end of March
  • Very fast and furious harvest
  • Destemmed and fermented in small open top fermenters with Rubino yeast
  • Caps plunged and pumped over 2x/day for 23 days
  • Malolactic fermentation and aging in small stainless steel vessels and neutral oak barrels for 10 months
Winemaker's Notes

The wines from this rather unusual year in Marlborough are showing a great deal of poise, elegance and subtlety. This delicious, feminine Pinot Noir exudes lifted aromas of cherry and ripe red berry fruits. The palate shows a lighter touch, yet is juicy and complete, finishing with firm tannins that sit in wonderful
harmony with the fruit and acidity. We are beyond excited to nurture them and bring them to market.

Wine Summary

100% Certified organic grapes; alcohol: 13%; clay soils in the Raupo Creek vineyard, alluvial mixed soils in the Noa vineyard; vines planted on average in 1995; fermented in open top fermenters with Rubino yeast; malolactic fermentation and aging in combination of stainless steel vessels and neutral oak barrels; no animal products used in fining; bottled in March 2019.

Technical Information
  • 100% Certified organic Pinot Noir grapes
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • TA: 5.4 g/L
  • pH: 3.67
  • RS: 1.2 g/L
  • Bottled: 3/15/2019
  • No dairy products or eggs used – vegan


Inexpensive pinot noir is often a dicey proposition. Too often the money-saving compromises mean that this difficult-to-grow grape was planted in the wrong place, or that the production process cut multiple corners. But this wine, made from organic grapes grown in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, is true to the spirit of pinot noir, resulting in a fresh, graceful, refreshing wine redolent of flowers and red fruit. Drink lightly chilled. – Eric Asimov, “20 Under $20: Wines That Feed the Soul”

New York Times, July, 2020

General Info

Country New Zealand
Region South Island
Appellation(s) Marlborough
Proprietors Michael Seresin
Founded 1996
Winemaker Tamra Kelly-Washington
Annual Production 30,000 9L cases (including Seresin)
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Biodynamic, Organic