Monowai Estate ends award-winning year on high note

Dec 22, 2016

As the year comes to a close and we’re all madly preparing for Christmas, Monowai Estate is popping some celebratory corks with another International win, a gold medal at Singapore’s Tower Club Wine Awards.

Emma Lowe, Winemaker and one of the founders of Monowai Estate says, “We’re thrilled with the continued recognition of our 2015 Pinot Gris . The grapes come from our own vineyard which my husband Marcelo manages, they were harvested at optimum ripeness which gives the wine the very best start.”

The flavour of this Pinot Gris is pears and spice and the aging sur lie results in a smooth full-bodied texture – a winning combination with a hint of honey. Monowai Estate will soon be loosing its reputation as one of Hawke’s Bay’s best-kept secrets.

This win is on the back of being named ‘Hawke’s Bay Winery of the Year’ at this year’s New York International Wine Competition, where the 2015 Pinot Gris received a bronze medal. The winery also received positive praise and media at the International Wine Challenge in London.

Emma says, “This year has been fabulous for us. One of the highlights though was the local HB Wine Auction. Seeing our wine assist in such a mammoth fundraising effort for Cranford Hospice really resonated with us.”

Emma has been gradually carving out a reputation as one of our premier local winemakers. After graduating from the acclaimed University of Adelaide and UC Davis in California, she has spent many vintages overseas in California, Australia, Switzerland, France, South Africa and Chile honing her skills.

Her and her Chilean husband, Marcelo Nunez, settled back in Hawke’s Bay to raise their family and planted one of our first high altitude vineyards, which sits under the ranges in Crownthorpe. The hotter days and cooler nights result in slower ripening and more depth of flavour.

The Singapore Tower Club is a prestigious private business club. They hold their own wine awards each year with the winning wines selected for use in their exclusive restaurants.