2019 Monowai Merlot, Hawke’s Bay
Bright and fruity, this friendly merlot shows dark plum, blueberry, floral and hazelnut characters on the nose with subtle dried herb complexity. The palate is juicy and smooth with youthful fruit flavours and delicate tannins, leading to a lingering smooth finish. Very approachable and easy to enjoy.
Cool climate styles are the focus of the Monowai vineyard and winery. Top quality Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & Merlot are grown on the unique and distinctive free draining stony river terraces of their vineyard in Crownthorpe, a cool, high altitude district of the Hawke’s Bay.
Owners Emma Lowe and Marcelo Nunez developed their winemaking skills on both sides of the Pacific Ocean – in New Zealand and Chile. The Monowai name refers to the single expanse of ocean that separates their homelands.