Monowai Upper Reaches Merlot 2019

To celebrate the release of the first ever Upper Reaches Merlot, we’ve lined up an extra special deal.

6 bottles for the price of 5 & free shipping NZ wide.

Our new release 2019 Upper Reaches Merlot was recently reviewed by two of New Zealand’s most respected wine critics. Here’s what they had to say…

Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review

“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. 93 points, 4 stars”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

“It's delightfully ripe and perfumed on the nose showing Black Doris plum, spiced cherry, bay leaf and cedar characters. The palate delivers lovely weight and plump mouthfeel, well supported by fine texture and chalky tannins. Charming and very approachable. At its best: now to 2024. Sept 2020. 90 points, 4.5 stars.”

Tasting Notes

A selected parcel of premium fruit was chosen and carefully tended from the vine to the barrel to bring you our Upper Reaches selection. The resulting wine is intense, smooth and full bodied. 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

The grapes for this extra special wine come from 18-year-old vines from our block closest to the mighty Ngaruroro river. The vines were specially managed to keep yields low and we let the fruit hang out a little while longer than our Estate Merlot to maximise the flavour profile. Once picked, the wine was fermented in open top tanks and hand plunged twice daily before being aged for 12 months in a blend of 1 and 2-year-old French oak barrels.

Region: Hawke's Bay

Food Match

This rich red wine is perfect for drinking with • BBQ steak • Lamb Koftas • Venison burgers • Beef & mozzarella pie • Bar of milk or dark chocolate!

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Bottle Price: $35.00Buy Now
Case Price (6 bottles): $175.00Buy Now

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