Gold Medal - AIR NZ Wine Awards 2017
95 points - Bob Cambell
4.5 Stars - Yvonne Lorkin

"This is the flagship Bordeaux blend for the Alpha Domus team led by winemaker Barry Riwai, and this vintage is a blend dominated by cabernet sauvignon that’s boosted by cabernet franc, merlot and malbec from the famous, iron-rich, red gravels of the Bridge Pa Triangle winegrowing region 10mins west of Hastings.  Glossy and garnet-red in the glass, it hoists heavenly aromas of boysenberry, cocoa, pomegranate and christmas cake up the nostrils and floods the palate with layers of red fruits, cherries, dark berries and blackcurrant characters, silky-textured and velvety to sip, the power sneaks up seconds after you take each sip, leaving you under no illusions as to where the backbone comes from.  Layers of leather flecked with gunpowder reveal themselves on the finish." Yvonne Lorkin

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot, 6% Malbec 

Top notch Cab blend from a great producer AND a great vintage.

Cabernet Sauvignon dominant with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec this is a very elegant, rich wine, showing lovely delicacy and depth, it's already very approachable and will develop gracefully for many years. A complex aroma of berry fruits, spice, cassis, cedar, and cigarbox notes, complemented by fine oak. Sweet rounded berryfruit flavours of blackberry and wild brambles, mocha, spice, savoury olive notes and fine oak tannin. This wine shows a complex bouquet, silken texture and firm structure.


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