Alpha Domus ‘AD The Aviator’ Hawke’s Bay 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 31-May-2015
Very full, near saturated black-hued purple-red colour. This has a very full, voluminous and firmly concentrated nose of ripe black and dark red berry fruits layered with fragrant spices, tobacco, complex earth and dried herb notes and exotic, toasty oak. The aromatics blossom with layers of funky and savoury detail. Full-bodied, the palate features mouthfilling flavours of ripe dark red and black plum fruit along with complexing earth, tobacco, game, dried herbs, cassis and undergrowth elements that unfold in waves of interest. The oaking is powerful, adding toast, spice and cedar. Firm, but fine-grained tannin structure supports the rich fruitiness, carrying the wine to a long, fulsome and powerfully packed finish. This is a fulsome, mouthfilling Cabernet blend with rich, savoury plum fruit and near funky, earthy complexities along with strong oaking. Serve with slow-cooked game meat dishes and hard cheeses over the next 10-12+ years. Hand-picked fruit, a blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot and 18% Malbec from the estate Bridge Pa Triangle vineyard, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine spending 18-30 days on skins, basket pressed and aged a total of 20 months in 75% new French oak. 510 dozen made. 19.0+/20 Apr 2015 RRP $72.00

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