Bob Campbell Reviews August 2020
2019 Upper Reaches Chardonnay 94 points 4 stars
Bright, fresh, coolish-climate chardonnay with white peach, nectarine, saline-mineral, ginger and subtle nutty yeast lees flavours. A taut, focused, high-energy wine that offers good drinking now but no rush. Enjoy 2020–2025
2019 Upper Reaches Merlot 93 points 4 stars
From an estate vineyard on the upper reaches of the Ngaruroro River. Good concentration of ripe plum, blackberry, cassis and spicy oak flavours. A supple, appealing wine with bright, focused flavours. Approachable now but better in another 2-3 years. Drink 2020–2026
2019 Monowai Sauvignon Blanc 93 points 4 stars
Attractive and quite textural sauvignon blanc in a truly cool-climate style with citrus, lime, passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours. Perfectly balanced with a backbone of fruity acidity that effectively masks the wine's sweetness. Drink 2020–2024
2019 Monowai Pinot Gris 91 points 4 stars
Delicately aromatic pinot gris with classic pear, tree fruit and ripe apple flavours. Made in a barely off-dry style, with just a hint of sweetness. Appealing purity and freshness with a lingering, mouth-watering finish. Enjoy 2020–2023
2019 Monowai Chardonnay 90 points 4 stars
A medium-bodied, peaches-and-cream chardonnay with stone fruit, vanilla and citrus fruit flavours together with a creamy texture. It's a fruit-forward wine, with very subtle nutty lees characters. A fresh, appealing wine in a drink-me style. Enjoy 2020–2024
2019 Monowai Pinot Noir 89 points 3 stars
Delicately succulent pinot noir, with dark cherry and raspberry flavours supported by gentle acidity and fine, peppery tannins that promote a dry finish. A light, fresh and simple wine. Enjoy 2020–2024
2019 Monowai Merlot 89 points 3 stars
Light, fresh and vibrant merlot with plum, dark cherry and blackcurrant flavours, with just a hint of fresh herbs supported by gentle, fruity acidity. A very approachable, charming red. Enjoy 2020–2024
Reviews by Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
2017 Monowai Upper Reaches Chardonnay 91 Points
A big smoky, toasty bouquet of Chardonnay with aromas of wood and spices, brazil nut and roasted yellow fruits, clove and vanilla, burnt butter and lees. Full-bodied, creamy and rich with flavours of roasted nuts, vanilla, spices and stone fruits. Nice acid line, balanced and ready. Will continue to age. best from today and through 2024.
2017 Monowai Merlot 90 Points
Refreshing lifted bouquet of Merlot - plums and cherries, fruit compote, dark spices of oak and dry stone earthy tones. Fruity, earthy, moderate weight and dry on the palate. Flavours mirror the nose, youthful textures with medium+ acidity and moderate tannins, well made with moderate finish. Still developing so no rush on drinking. Best from late 2020 through 2024.
2018 Monowai Chardonnay 88 Points
Aromas and flavours of freshly picked green pear and apple, a light floral moment, some sweet citrus and white fleshed orchard fruits. Frity, crisp and just dry on the palate with flavours that suggest white fleshed fruits and citrus on the finish. Nice layer of acidity refreshes the palate, balanced and well made. Drink now and through to end of 2021
2018 Monowai Pinot Noir 88 Points
Bright, fresh and fruity bouquet of Pinot Noir. Aromas and flavours of dark cherry, plum and toasty wood - cinnamon, cedar and dark roses. Dry on the palate with a youthful attack - dusty tannins and brown spices, some plum and dark red stone fruit flavours, contrasting acidity, medium length, balanced and youthful. Okay to cellar or drink. best from mid 2020 through 2023.
2019 Monowai Pinot Gris 88 Points
Aromas and flavours of freshly picked green pear and apple, a light floral moment, some sweet citrus and white fleshed orchard fruits. Fruity, crisp and just dry on the palate with flavours that suggest white fleshed fruits and citrus on the finish. Nice layer of acidity refreshes the palate, balanced and well made. Drink now and through to end of 2021.
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Reviews by Sam Kim
Monowai Rose 2019, 90 points, 4.5 stars
A charming expression, the elegantly lifted bouquet shows sweet raspberry, cranberry, crunchy apple and floral characters, followed by a succulent palate that’s light and vibrant. Refreshing and very tasty. At its best: now to 2021
Monowai Pinot Gris 2019, 90 points 4.5 stars
Attractively fruited and delightfully fragrant, the bouquet shows apricot, rockmelon, fresh pear and floral aromas with a touch of spice. It’s juicy and beautifully rounded on the palate with a flowing mouthfeel, finishing long and refreshing. At its best: now to 2021
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.
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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.
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
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
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