Crownthorpe, Hawke's Bay
New Zealand winemaker Emma Lowe has produced wine in 7 countries on 4 continents. Coupled with her husband Marcelo Nunez’s winemaking experiences in his native Chile, their wines come with an optimal blend of international & regional winemaking techniques.
The Monowai name refers to the single expanse of the Pacific Ocean that links their homelands.
Monowai’s vineyards are located on the banks of the Ngaruroro River in Crownthrope, uphill from Hawke’s Bay. They are the first family-owned winery to establish itself in this promising new district. Given its cooler daytime climate and benefitting from the ocean's breeze at night, Monowai's wines stand distinctly apart from those of its neighbors downhill.
The following wines are currently imported:
Hawke's Bay Winery of the Year
*** 3 years in a row ***
2016, 2017, 2018
New York International Wine Competition
Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Ripe aromas of passionfruit and gooseberry with a hint of white peach flow through to the palate with notes of pineapple and lime. Aging sur lie adds a rich texture while the balanced acidity ensures length and freshness.
2018 New York International Wine Competition
Pinot Gris 2017
A lovely rich Pinot Gris which shows aromas of spicy pear and lychee with notes of lime. Aging sur lie produces a rich full-bodied texture which is balanced with a lively acidity. Pear & spice flavors abound mid-palate with floral notes and a lingering crisp finish.
Pinot Noir 2013
A rich burgundy-style red wine, with ripe berry fruit aromas complimented by spicy undertones. Smooth tannins support the flavors of dark cherry and spicy plum with hints of spice adding a layer of complexity. A delicate balance of acidity and tannin make this a wine which will age gracefully.