Alpha Domus ‘The Navigator’ Hawke’s Bay 2013

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-May-2015
Very dark, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is very elegant and refined, with intensely penetrating aromas of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit, unfolding fragrant violet florals, blackcurrants and oak toast. With aeration, blackberry jam and charry oak detail emerges. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned and tightly bound. Firmly concentrated, but sweet and succulently ripe flavours of blackberries, plums and blackcurrants are guided by fine-grained, supple tannin structure. This has great clarity and focus. The wine flows smoothly, with underlying acid vitality and vibrancy, carrying through to a very long, sweet-fruited, oak-charred finish with freshness and energy. This is an elegant, vibrant and supple Merlot blend with clarity and focussed black fruits. Match with barbecued and roasted red meat dishes over the next 7-8+ years. A blend of 69% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot from the estate Bridge Pa Triangle vineyard, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 80% French oak, all seasoned. 18.5+/20 Apr 2015 RRP $30.00

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