Monowai Estate Whites from Crownthorpe

Monowai Estate is the family winegrowing venture of Kiwi winemaker Emma Lowe and viticulturist Marcelo Nunez who hails from Chile. They established their 22 ha vineyard and commissioned their winery 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 in 2005. Their aim is to craft premium cool-climate styles, from estate planted Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Pioneers in the district, a number of other Hawke’s Bay producers have joined them in offering Crownthorpe sourced wines, and the potential of the area is clear. Here, I review three Monowai Estate whites currently available.


  • Monowai Crownthorpe Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Monowai Crownthorpe Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2013
  • Monowai Crownthorpe Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012

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