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Moana Park 2014 Gewurztraminer and 2015 SVR Pinot Noir

09 June,2017
Moana Park is Dan and Kaylea Barker’s Hawke’s Bay wine venture based at Puketapu Road just out of Taradale. Their ‘claim to fame’ apart from being vegan and vegetarian friendly and low allergen wines, is that they represent Hawke’s Bay. The company has two estate vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels, one on Gimblett Road and one on Mere Road, plus their replanted home vineyard in Puketapu. The company’s best wines come from these sites. However the Barkers are happy to use fruit from other vineyards and regions to extend their offerings. Here, I review the 2014 ‘Estate’ Gewurztraminer, from Nelson, and the 2015 ‘Single Vineyard Reserve’ Pinot Noir from Central Otago.


Moana Park Gewurztraminer 2014

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Nelson

Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. This has a full, rounded and solidly packed bouquet of ripe, pungent exotic tropical fruit and root ginger aromas, along with some honey and musk, unfolding a layering of hair-oil secondary development. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich, unctuous, rounded core with solidly concentrated flavours of root ginger, musk and savoury honey entwined with hair-oil secondary complexities. The palate is underlined by some alcohol drive and the wine flows along a rounded line with integrated acidity. The wine carries to an unctuous, savoury finish of root ginger and musk. This is a rich, weighty and unctuous dryish Gewurztraminer with a rounded, near-oily mouthfeel and flavours of root ginger, savoury honey and musk with secondary development interest. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from a single vineyard in Nelson, given a 24 hour cold soak and cool-fermented in tank to 14.0% alc. and 9 g/L RS. 265 dozen made. 16.5/20 Jun 2017 RRP $22.00

Moana Park ‘Single Vineyard Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

Even, pale ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim. This has an elegant and restrained nose with slender, subtle and ethereal aromas of red cherry fruit and red florals entwined with some minerally reduction, unfolding dark herbal elements from the core. Medium-bodied, the palate has an elegantly concentrated heart with flavours of red cherry fruit and lifted red florals, along with subtle herb and mineral nuances. The fruit is supported by fine-grained flowery tannin extraction with integrated acid freshness providing good energy and linearity. The wine has a refined, taut core that carries to a long and sustained finish of cherries and herbs. This is an elegantly concentrated, slender Pinot Noir with red cherry and floral fruit and subtle herb and mineral nuance on a fine, sleek palate. Serve with poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. Clones 667, 777, 115 and 114, from a single vineyard in Alexandra, destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 5% new French oak barriques. 17.0+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $45.00
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