Awards & Reviews

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Monowai  Pinot Gris 2017    Hawke's Bay    91points    4.5 stars

A delightfully styled pinot gris, the inviting bouquet shows rockmelon, mandarin, baked pear and spice aromas, followed by a succulent palate that is rounded and smooth. It is juicy and refreshing with pristine fruit flavours and fine texture, leading to a lingering tasty finish. Style: Off-dry. At its best: now to 2019. $18.00. www.monowai.co.nz. May 2018.

Monowai  Sauvignon Blanc 2016   Hawke's Bay  83 points  3.5 stars

It is nicely fragrant on the nose showing green apple, nectarine, feijoa and lemon zest characters. The palate delivers juicy fruit flavours and elegant intensity, well supported by bright acidity, finishing crisp and pleasingly dry. At its best: now to 2019. $16.00. www.monowai.co.nz. May 2018.

Monowai  Chardonnay 2016    Hawke's Bay    86 points  4 stars

The wine is nicely fruited and fragrant on the nose showing golden peach, rockmelon, vanilla and toasted almond characters. The palate delivers succulent mouthfeel and creamy texture, well supported by bright fruit flavours and juicy acidity. This is friendly and very approachable. At its best: now to 2019. $18.00. www.monowai.co.nz. May 2018.

Monowai  Pinot Rosé 2017    Hawke's Bay    83 points   3.5 stars

A generously styled rosé; it is nicely lifted on the nose showing ripe apple, mandarin, strawberry and subtle spice characters. The palate is fruity and flavoursome with appealing flavours and fine texture, finishing pleasingly dry. At its best: now to end of 2018. $18.00. www.monowai.co.nz. May 2018.

Monowai  Pinot Noir 2016    Hawke's Bay    86 points   4 stars

The bouquet is ripe and fragrant, displaying spiced cherry, plum, dried herb and dark mushroom characters. The palate is juicy and smooth with succulent fruit flavours together with savoury undertones, nicely supported by fine, chalky tannins, finishing long and delicately drying. At its best: now to 2019. $18.00. www.monowai.co.nz. May 2018.

Monowai  Merlot 2016    Hawke's Bay    86 points   4 stars

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. At its best: now to 2019. $18.00. www.monowai.co.nz. May 2018.

Upper Reaches Chardonnay 2015    Hawke's Bay    93 points   5 stars

Richly fruited and generously expressed, this opulent chardonnay shows grilled peach, mango, vanilla and butterscotch characters on the nose, leading to an intensely flavoured palate that is full and sumptuous. It is complex and expansive, delivering layers of delectable flavours, finishing long and velvety. At its best: now to 2019. $30.00. www.monowai.co.nz. May 2018.

Upper Reaches Pinot Noir 2015    Hawke's Bay    90 points   4.5 stars

It is beautifully fruited and inviting on the nose showing dark cherry, baked strawberry, cake spice, thyme and toasted almond characters. The palate is wonderfully weighted and rounded, delivering ripe fruit flavours backed by firm tannins, providing sturdy structure and length. At its best: now to 2020. $30.00. www.monowai.co.nz. May 2018.

Monowai Pinot Noir 2014

New York International Wine Competition 2016 - Bronze

Monowai Pinot Gris 2015

New York International Wine Competition 2016 - Bronze Medal
Singapore Tower Club Wine Awards - Gold Medal

Monowai Sauvignon Blanc 2015

New York International Wine Competition 2016 - Gold Medal

Monowai Merlot 2013

Wine Orbit - 87/100

Up front and friendly, this attractive merlot shows dark plum, blueberry, spice and dried herb characters on the nose, followed by a ripe and rounded palate that delivers an abundance of youthful fruit flavours. At its best: now to 2018.

BobCampbell.nz - 90/100

Quite an intense but rather closed Merlot with strong plum, oak and savoury, toasty, coffee and malty characters. Fairly dense red with an almost chewy texture. Perhaps a little closed right now but showing potential.

Monowai Pinot Noir 2013

Wine Orbit - 83/100

 It is nicely lifted on the nose showing red/black cherry, game and spice characters with a hint of earthy mushroom. The palate is light and refreshing and offers smooth mouthfeel and a soft finish. At its best: now to 2017

Monowai Pinot Gris 2014

Wine Orbit - 87/100

The wine is instantly appealing on the nose; aromas of stone fruit, ripe citrus and floral lead to a succulent palate that is expressive and flavoursome. Very well balanced and smooth, a crowd-pleaser with plenty of tasty flavours. At its best: now to 2017

Monowai Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Wine Orbit - 86/100

A friendly and attractive sauvignon, the gently fragrant bouquet shows white peach, mandarin and lemon peel with a hint of herbacous notes. It is juicy and smooth on the palate with attractive fruit intensity, finishing long and refreshing. At its best: now to 2017