Alpha Domus ‘The Navigator’ Hawke’s Bay 2009

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-Dec-2012
31% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 16% Malbec from two Bridge Pa Triangle sites, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc., the win aged 12 months in 85% French and 30% new oak barrels. Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, with a hint of garnet on rim. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned with concentrated and ripe aromas of blackberries and dark plums revealing a little dark herb underlay along with spicy, cedary oak in the background. Medium-full bodied, supple, lush and succulent flavours of ripe dark berry and plum fruits are interwoven harmoniously with oak spices and cedar flavours. This is well-concentrated and has good fruit drive. The tannins are fine-grained and supple, and the acidity well-balanced, providing good line leading to a long, fine, grainy finish. Attractive black fruit and spicy plum nuances linger. This is a supple and juicy Bordeaux-varietal wine with ripe black fruit flavours and good weight. Match with beef, lamb and venison over the next 5-7+ years. 18.0+/20 Dec 2012 RRP $28.95

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