Alpha Domus ‘AD The Aviator’ Hawke’s Bay 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 29-May-2013
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 26% Merlot and 10% Malbec from Bridge Pa, hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 18-30 days on skins and aged 17 months in 75% new French oak. Full, impenetrable black-red colour with dark ruby hues on rim. This has an intensely concentrated nose of blackberry, blackcurrant, cassis, dark herbs and black olives, revealing redcurrant notes and waves of cedar and minerals in the glass. Full-bodied, concentrated and firmly intense flavours of blackcurrants, herbs, black olives and mint form a powerful core and line with richness and succulence. The fruit has cooler spectrum and oak cedar elements, but these are integral and add to the linearity. The palate is supported by vivid acidity with firm and serious extraction, the structure matching the bold fruitiness. The wine has a very long, firmly concentrated finish of blackcurrants, cassis and herbs, enlivened by fresh, brisk acid. This is a firmly concentrated Bordeaux varietal wine with black fruit and herb flavours, and the structure and acidity to see it develop over the next 10+ years. Serve with beef, lamb, venison and hard cheeses. 325 dozen made. 18.5-/20 May 2013 RRP $72.00

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