Alpha Domus ‘The Wingwalker’ Viognier 2013

The Ham family established Alpha Domus in the Bridge Pa Triangle area in the early 1990s to grow the Bordeaux varieties and Chardonnay, the mainstay and proven varieties for the Hawke’s Bay region. It was only in 2007 and 2008 that the Rhone varieties Viognier and Syrah were established in their vineyard, and both varieties took off in interest. Interestingly, Syrah has continued an upward trend, partly as the wine it makes shares a similar accessibility to Pinot Noir, (often being called ‘Pinot Noir on steroids’ or ‘Pinot Noir for grown-ups’, and it follows the global trend of geekiness. However, Viognier has not maintained the same momentum, some say due to the difficulty in pronouncing the name, but more like due to its exotic character and higher alcohol, broad style, in a world that loves light and refreshing whites. The making of more elegant and refreshing, and thus less characterful and satisfying Viogniers in New Zealand has not been met with success. Alpha Domus has continued to make the more serious and sophisticated expression of Viognier, staying true to the path for me. Here is my review of the latest 2013 release of ‘The Wingwalker’ Viognier.


  • Alpha Domus ‘The Wingwalker’ Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2013

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