Monowai Crownthorpe 2016 and 2015 Releases

21-Sep-2017
Monowai is the winegrowing venture of kiwi winemaker Emma Lowe and her partner Marcelo Nunez, a viticulturist who hails from Chile. They established their 22 ha vineyard on the northern banks of the upper reaches of the Ngaruroro River in the cool, elevated terraces of the Crownthorpe district of Hawke’s Bay, and commissioned their winery in 2005. Their aim is to make premium cool-climate styles which reflect the district, and I have seen the wines show great delicacy and subtle detail. As pioneers in Crownthorpe, they have seen considerable investment by other producers who also see the quality and style of the fruit. With the 2015 vintage, Emma and Marcelo have introduced a special tier named ‘Upper Reaches’ from outstanding parcels of wine. Here, I review a selection of 2016 and 2015 new releases, including the ‘Upper Reaches’ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. www.monowai.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Monowai Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
  • Monowai Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Monowai Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016
  • Monowai Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
  • Monowai Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016
  • Monowai Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2015
  • Monowai ‘Upper Reaches’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
  • Monowai ‘Upper Reaches’ Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2015

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