The Pilot by Alpha Domus 2015 Chardonnay and Leonarda Late Harvest

The Ham family grow and make archetype Bridge Pa wines from their 20 hectares of vineyards on Maraekakaho Road just outside of Hastings. The top-flight ‘AD’ wines are serious, complex and ageworthy, whereas the premium ‘Alpha Domus’ range are classical and well-balance. Their range under ‘The Pilot’ label is more accessible and highlights varietal character. I’ve found that ‘The Pilot’ wines are much more than simple, and can possess real interest with a degree complexity. Here, I review two 2015 vintage wines, a Chardonnay and a Late Harvest wine, these made by Barry Riwai, who arrived at his new position as Alpha Domus winemaker just before vintage.


  • The Pilot by Alpha Domus Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
  • The Pilot by Alpha Domus ‘Leonarda’ Hawke’s Bay Late Harvest 2015

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