Moana Park wines have been made by the same hands since 2004, and those hands of Dan’s took over the company (along with wife Kaylea) in 2008. Ten years on, and they’re gathering some serious momentum on the Hawke’s Bay scene.
Minimal intervention means that this wine is a true expression of the vineyard, helped along with some winemaking techniques that enhance and accentuate the fruit and the wine’s body. So there’s stonefruit and lemon curd, along with a roundness but rubberband-like snappiness that gives the wine a freshness to balance its fleshiness. Good stuff.
Vegan and vegetarian too, so BYO steak if you’re that way inclined.
It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- Hawke's Bay
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 100% Chardonnay
- Serving Temp.
Hawke's Bay is New Zealand's oldest wine region, with climate similar to Bordeaux and Sancerre in France. It's no surprise then that their best wines happen to be Cabernet blends and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Syrah. Unfortunately, most of this gets slurped up within NZ, and we have to bang down doors to get some over to Australia. Lucky for you mofos, we're pretty good at this.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Chicken cordon bleu
- 4 slices ham
- 4 slices Swiss cheese
- 8 plain chicken schnitzels
- 2 cups breadcrumbs
- Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tbs finely chopped sage
- Salt & freshly ground pepper
- 1 egg, lightly whisked
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 30g butter
- Steamed chat potatoes and green beans, to serve
- Trim ham and cheese slices to fit size of schnitzel. Sandwich ham and cheese between 2 pieces of schnitzel. Secure with toothpicks.
- Mix breadcrumbs, lemon rind and sage on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Dip each chicken parcel into egg and then coat with breadcrumb mixture.
- Heat olive oil and butter in a frying pan and cook chicken on both sides until golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and keep warm. Add lemon juice to pan and stir with a wooden spoon to loosen sediment from pan. Boil for 1 minute.
- Remove toothpicks from chicken and arrange on serving plates with steamed potatoes and beans. Drizzle over the pan juices and serve.
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