Monowai Merlot 2016

Tasting Notes

A rich inky red wine with dark cherry and berry fruits and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. A soft backbone of ripe tannins supports the rich fruit flavours on the palate with hints of toast adding a layer of complexity. A well balanced acidity and smooth tannin structure make this a wine which will age gracefully.

Winemaker's Notes

Fruit from low-yielding vines was selectively harvested, gently crushed and chilled for a pre-fermentation cold soak to extract colour and fruit flavour. The must was then warmed, inoculated with selected yeast and fermented over 7 days to dryness with a daily routine of traditional hand plunging to maximise tannin extraction. After pressing the wine was matured for 10 months in French (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels.

Region: Hawke's Bay
Alcohol: 13%  pH: 3.49  RS: <2g/L  
TA: 5.2g/L  


This is a very approachable wine for drinking today but with enough structure and richness to develop very well over the next ten years.

Food Match

This rich red wine is perfect for drinking with a prime BBQ beef steak or tender lamb roast.

Other Vintages

Monowai Merlot 2017
Monowai Merlot 2013