Monowai `Winemaker's Selection` Merlot 2013 (12 x 750mL), Hawke's Bay, NZ.

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This specially selected blend was crafted from fruit harvested from low-yielding vines at optimum ripeness, then 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 12 months in new French (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels.

NZ - Hawke's Bay
New Zealand

Winery Tasting Notes


An inky, deep red wine


This Merlot shows an array of ripe fruit aromas; dark cherry, berries and plum, with hints of leather and spice.


The smooth velvety palate is well supported with vibrant berry flavours and silky smooth tannins.


Presently drinking extremely well, but will continue to become smoother and richer for 5 - 10 more years

Food Matching

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

NZ - Hawke's Bay
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2016 Hawke's Bay Winery of the Year


A dedicated couple working and living their dream...

New Zealand winemaker Emma Lowe & Chilean vineyard manager Marcelo Nunez travelled from Chile to the foothills of the Kaweka Ranges to establish their vineyard and winery. The couple selected a site on the banks of the Ngaruroro River in Crownthorpe, a cooler, higher altitude district of the Hawke's Bay. Here they live and work, hand crafting fine wines exclusively from grapes grown on their 22ha vineyard.

Emma graduated with a degree in winemaking from Adelaide University (Australia) and has since made wines in Australia, Switzerland, South Africa, France, Chile and New Zealand. Marcelo has been extensively involved in both viticulture and winemaking in Chile and New Zealand.


Monowai Estates 22 ha vineyard is located on the northern banks of the Ngaruroro River in Hawke's Bay's Crownthorpe district.

The soil type is free draining red gravel with a thin top layer of silt loam. Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are planted, which are ideally suited to these soils and climate.

The grapevines are trained to increase fruit intensity and consistency. Hand thinning ensures low yields and leaf plucking maximizes sunlight and air movement through the vines.


The Monowai winery was commissioned in 2005. It has been designed with premium production in mind.

Emma drew on her extensive experience of working in many wineries around the world to design the ideal winery for Monowai's requirements. This includes four separate temperature controlled barrel rooms and temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to control fermentation, maximising varietal characteristics. The winery design allows for minimum labour input to ensure Emma has total control over the entire winemaking process.

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