Upper Reaches Merlot 2019 (6 x 750mL) Hawke's Bay, NZ

Description:

Winemaking

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.

Oak aging

After pressing the wine was matured for 12 months in new and 1 yr old French oak barrels.

Cellaring Recommendations

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

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Winemaking

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.

Oak aging

After pressing the wine was matured for 12 months in new and 1 yr old French oak barrels.

Cellaring Recommendations

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

Region:
NZ - Hawke's Bay
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Winery Tasting Notes

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

Grays Tasting Panel Review

Delicious Merlot from cool climate NZ vineyards in Hawkes Bay.

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Winery Profile

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Hawke’s Bay Winery of the Year – 2016 New York InternationalWine Competition

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.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.They planted their first vines in 2002 and produced their first wine in 2005. The Monowai label was launched in 2007.The Monowai name refers to the single expanse of ocean that separates their homelands. Literally, it means one water, which the couple has adopted as the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and Chile, Marcelo’s homeland.Emma and Marcelo opted to plant five varieties best suited to the microclimate of the site, which are now well established. Their vineyard operations are managed by Marcelo.The varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Pinot Noir.Emma built her own winery on site using the latest technologies from her experience around the world and, as Monowai’s chief winemaker, she runs the winery with the help of one assistant. They process over 220 million tonnes of grapes annually to produce their own range of Monowai wine.

  • Monowai Estate wine accolades in recent times include:
    • 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Commended Winner International Wine Challenge 2017
    • 2015 Chardonnay Bronze Medal Winner International Wine Challenge 2017
    • 2015 Monowai Pinot Noir Rosé 89 Points Bob Campbell
    • 2015 Monowai Pinot Noir Rosé 4 stars Raymond Chan
    • 2015 Monowai Pinot Noir Rosé 4 Stars Sam Kim
    • 2015 Monowai Sauvignon Blanc 3.5 stars Sam Kim
    • 2015 Monowai Merlot 4 stars Sam Kim
    • 2015 Monowai Pinot Gris 4 stars Sam Kim
    • 2014 Monowai Chardonnay 4 stars Sam Kim
    • 2014 Monowai Pinot Gris rated 93 Points Bob Campbell
    • 2013 Monowai Merlot 90 Points Bob Campbell
    • 2013 Pinot Gris 91 Points Bob Campbell
    • 2013 Pinot Gris Silver Award Winner Tower Club Awards 2016, Singapore.
View Monowai website

Other Information

  • 2019 vintage
  • 6 x 750mL units
  • NZ - Hawke's Bay, Imported
  • Screwcap closure
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