Alpha Domus ‘AD The Aviator’ Hawke’s Bay 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-Sep-2011
A blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 18% Malbec and 18% Cabernet Franc given a cold soak and basket-press fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 17 months in 75% new French oak. Dark, deep, full ruby-red colour, vibrant and youthful in appearance. The bouquet is full and softly presented with layers of dark red berry fruits and dark plums, with brown spices and cedary oak unfolding. Fresh notes of herbs and redcurrants, along with complexing earth add to the interest of the bouquet. Soft, fulsome and plush on palate, this is full of ripe dark plum and red berry fruit flavours interwoven with Asian spice and cedary oak elements. The flavours are framed in a fine-grained, supple-tannin textured structure. The flavours blossom over a long and sustained finish. This mouthfilling and accessible wine will be a match with rich game meat dishes over the next 8-10+ years. 19.0-/20 Sep 2011 RRP $56.00 A blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 18% Malbec and 18% Cabernet Franc, given a cold soak, basket-pressed and barrel fermented, to 14.0% alc., with 17 months aging in French oak, 75% new, is dark, deep, ruby-red colour with a hint of garnet on edge. Full and deep on bouquet with ripe dark plum aromas, this is complexed by notes of liquorice and spices, tobacco and earth, along with some herb elements. The palate is rich and fleshy, with sweetly ripe, dark berry and plum flavours lifted with an array of exotic spices, cedar and oak, all supported by fine-grained and supple tannins, with fresh acidity. A lovely, already accessible wine that will develop well over the next 8-12 years.  Aug 2011

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