Alpha Domus ‘The Navigator’ Hawke’s Bay 2014

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-May-2017
Very dark, near-impenetrable black-red colour with a little garnet on the edge. The nose is softly concentrated with deep and dense aromas of ripe black plums and dark-red berryfruit, unfolding liquorice, spice and cassis notes. Some funky, savoury game and cedary oak elements emerge to add interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and succulent flavours of ripe black plums, dark-red berry fruits and complexing layers of liquorice, spices and cedary oak, along with savoury, funky game and earth elements. The fruit sweetness is balanced by grainy tannin extraction and structure, with integrated, soft acidity. The flavours carry smoothly to a gently receding, but long, lingering finish. This is a rich Merlot-based wine with ripe black plum, liquorice and spice flavours along with complexing cedary oak, earth and funky game elements on a soft, grainy-textured palate. Match with roasted and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 6-8 years. A blend of 46% Merlot, 24% Malbec, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc, fermented o 14.0% alc., the wine aged in seasoned oak, predominantly French for 12 months. 18.5-/20 May 2017 RRP $31.90

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