Monowai Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2022 $24.99

Paired with: Spicy Mexican Prawns in NZ Herald CANVAS March 11 2023

Coriander, lime, garlic, chipotle and chilli? Pardon me but I’m about to paradiddle down to pinot gris town with this prawn recipe (shout out to all the percussionists out there). The rocky, high-altitude, free-draining soils of the Matapiro sub-region (inland west of Hastings) are superb for turning out taut, tasty pinot gris. Winemaker Emma Lowe and her Chilean viticulturist husband Marcelo Nunez have turned out dry, spicy niceness and the finish is fresh, aromatic, and soaked solid with quince characters. A little bit of botrytis adds to its complexity.