Alpha Domus ‘The Navigator’ Hawke’s Bay 2011

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-May-2014
Dark, deep, black-red colour with garnet hues on rim. The bouquet is tightly packed with deep aromas of black plum fruits, liquorice, earth and funky game notes, revealing spicy elements and dusty oak in the glass. Medium-bodied, softly concentrated flavours of ripe dark plums and liquorice feature on the palate. The fruit is sweet and juicy and complexed by dark berries, spicy oak and some funky game nuances. Soft acidity and fine-grained, supple tannins support the fruit, providing a balanced mouthfeel with good structure, body and presence. The flavours carry through to a soft and succulent, sustained finish. This is a deliciously juicy, plummy and juicy Merlot-based wine with spicy black fruits and some funky interest. Match with roasted red meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. 45% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 20% Malbec and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon from two sites in the Bridge Pa Triangle district, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in seasoned oak, 80% French. 18.0/20 May 2014 RRP $28.50

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