Moana Park Estate – Rebranded
Moana Park had a successful change of ownership 12 months ago, rebranded in July 2020, now it's known as Moana Park Estate.
Dan Parker, Moana Park Estate's winemaker learnt early on his career that he suffered from allergies to sulphites, couldn't enjoy the fruit of his labour, so he was set to fix the problem, took the winemaking process back to basics, with a hand-off approach that requires no preservatives.
He first started to create additive-free, plant-based, vegan-friendly lo-fi wines for more than 15 years ago, this approach has a huge rise in demand over the past few years.
Their Growers Series featuring nautical creatures and tales of the sea, draw on the history of Moana Park Estate's heritage 3ha Puketapu block, tell the story of Hawke's Bay's connection to the land and sea. The land was, for thousands of years, nutrient dense seabed, but was raised from the ocean during the Napier Earthquake in 1931.
The Estate Grown Series has a clean, gold and white colour theme classy label.
Both ranges are vegan certified and contain minimal sulphites.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Moana Park Estate Estate Grown Albarino 2020, Hawke’s BayAlbarino from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 26-Nov-2020Bright, straw-yellow with some depth and a green hue, even colour throughout. The nose is vibrant and fresh with concentration, aromas of yellow stonefruit, lime entwined with white florals and a hint of saline. Medium-full bodied, dryish to taste, aromas of peaches and nectarines are ripe, along with grapefruit pith and white floral fragrances. A soft note of pepper lingers on the finish. The palate is round and generous with fruit, ample acidity balanced by a few grams of residual sugar, lengthen the finish with a smooth drive. This is a full-flavoured, elegant Albarino with aromas of ripe stonefruit, grapefruit pith and floral features on a rounded palate. Match with five-spiced pork chop and spicey Asia fare over the next 3-4 years. 100% Clone 635 Albarino from Havelock North, handpicked, fermented in seasoned French barriques to 12.5% alc, 6 g/l RS. NZVS Vegan certified. 18/20 pts (90 pts) Nov 20202 RRP $38
Moana Park Estate Estate Grown Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s BayChardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 26-Nov-2020Bright, golden-yellow with some depth, slightly lighter edged. The nose is gently full, nuances of apple, pear along with stonefruit, melded with crushed rocks, vanilla and toasty oak element. Medium-full bodied, aromas of apple, pear and stonefruit have an elegant core, unveiling citrus pith, vanilla and toasted almonds. There is a creamy layer carries flavours of vanilla biscuits and toasted almonds, contribute to the complexity and interest, leading the toasty oak element throughout the palate. The fruit has weight and balance to the integrated oak, flows along in harmony. This is a toasty Chardonnay with integrated oak leads flavours of apple, pear and stonefruit on a creamy palate. Match with roasted chicken and pies over the next 3-5 years. 100% Mendoza clone from Gimblett Road, handpicked, wild fermented in barrels with high solids to 13.5% alc. Underwent MLF, biweekly battonage, aged in French oak barriques for 14 months, 55% new oak. Unfined, unfiltered. NZVS Vegan Certified. 18+/20 pts (91 pts) Nov 2020 RRP $38
Moana Park Estate Estate Grown Merlot Cabernet Franc 2019, Hawke’s BayBlended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 26-Nov-2020Deep, dark purple-red with some transparency, lighter purple on edge. The nose is full, with depth and intensity of meat, leather, melded with dark plums, currants along with an amalgam of spices and underlying alcohol power. Medium-full bodied, aromas of dark plums, black currants accompanied by vine leaves form a concentrated core, along with notes of leather and meat richness. Spices amplified on the palate, reflecting fine-grained tannin extractions. Balanced acidity lightens up the rich palate and mealy details; along with alcohol power, lingers to a sustained full finish. This is a concentrated Merlot Cabernet Franc blend, displaying aromas of dark plums, currants and vine leaf herbaceousness, along with mealy elements, oak spices on a supple tannin palate. Match with skirt steaks and meat roast over the next 3-4 years. Machines picked, tank-fermented to 14% alc, aged in French oak 225L barrels for 18 months, 50% new. NZVS Vegan Certified. 18-/20 pts (90 pts) Nov 2020 RRP $38
Moana Park Estate Growers Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2020, MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 26-Nov-2020Bright, pale yellow with a light green hue, faintly lighter on edge. The nose is gentle, coy and slightly reductive aromas of savoury flint, melded with subtle notes of lime, passionfruit and herbs. Medium-light bodied, dry to taste, brisk and fresh aromas of passionfruit, lime, along with herbs from a fresh core, unveiling pineapple and a touch of green pepper. A touch of sweetness lengthens the finish. The wine presented with a savoury spectrum of flavours with a calming front along with a smooth, round-edged mouthfeel, support by lively acidity and positive drive. Match this with white wine steamed mussels and spring salads over the next 2 years. 100% MS Clone sourced from Wairau, machine harvested, gently pressed reductively, juice clarified vis floatation, fermented in stainless steel tanks to 13% alc, 3 g/l RS, left on light lees for an extended period. NZVS Vegan Certified. 16/20 pts (80 pts) Nov 2020 RRP $18
Moana Park Estate Growers Collection Chardonnay 2020, GisborneChardonnay from New Zealand - GisborneReview Date : 26-Nov-2020Bright, pale golden-yellow, even colour throughout. The nose fresh and soft, nuances of ripe apple, pear along with stonefruit overlay a creamy lees element and sweet vanilla. Medium-bodied, the palate is fresh with crunchy flavours of apple, pear along with white peach, intermix vanilla and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is moderately broad, lead by a creamy flow with smoothness and energy. Fresh acid carry spices through the palate lingers to a moderate length finish. Match this with pulled-pork sandwiches and calamari over the next 2 years. 100% Clone 15 fruit from Witters Block, machine harvested, gently pressed reductively, juice clarified vis floatation, fermented in stainless steel tanks and barriques to 13% alc. On light lees for an extended period, 24% new oak (30% American, 70% French). NZVS Vegan Certified. 17.5/20 pts (88 pts) Nov 2020 RRP $18
Moana Park Estate Growers Collection Syrah 2019, Hawkes BaySyrah from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 26-Nov-2020Deep, ruby-red with a purple hue and transparency, deep purple edged. The nose is gently full, presented with depth, nuances of black plums and blackberries entwined with deep florals of violet, along with oak spices, liquorice and iodine. Medium-bodied, the palate is fresh with aromas of plums and blackberries, melded with nutmeg and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is enriched by fine-grained tannin extractions, presented along with liquorice and nutmeg spices. There is a hint of iodine lingers on the finish, added interest and complexity. Match this with barbeque lamb over the next 2-3 years. 100% Chave Clone, estate-grown fruit from Gimblett Road, machine harvested, destemmed, fermented in open-top tanks to 13% alc. 100% matured in French oak barriques for 12 months. NZVS Vegan Certified. 17.5+/20 pts (89 pts) Nove 2020 RRP $18