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Alpha Domus ‘First Solo’ Chardonnay 2013

28 April,2015
The Alpha Domus winery in the Bridge Pa Triangle winegrowing district, owned by the Ham family, is arguably best known for its Bordeaux-varietal based red wines, notably ‘The Navigator’ and ‘The Aviator’, the latter wine part of the limited release flagship ‘AD’ range. However, the Ham family can claim to be all-rounders in Hawke’s Bay, as all the wines have proven to be successful. The Chardonnays are possibly the most overlooked, but I find them of equal quality to the other wines. The Alpha Domus Chardonnay style is one of freshness and avoidance of broadness and flabbiness. It will be interesting to see if new winemaker Barry Riwai will introduce new facets to the Chardonnay winemaking, Barry coming from Clearview Estate! Here, I review the 2013 ‘First Solo’ Chardonnay, made by Kate Galloway, Alpha Domus’ winemaker of 10 years. www.alphadomus.co.nz

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Alpha Domus ‘First Solo’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18-/20
Bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues. This has a full, bright and lifted nose with grapefruit and lemon aromas complexed by creamy barrel-ferment layers and subtle flinty lees and refreshing, steely minerally nuances. Medium-full bodied, lively and luscious, ripe citrus fruit flavours are the feature on the palate. This has good depth and richness, revealing nutty and toasty oak detail. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with underlying lacy acidity. The wine flows smoothly, following a creamy-textured line guided by very fine phenolics. The richness and creaminess builds in concentration, leading to a long, nutty, oaky finish. This is a bright, juicy and creamy-textured, citrussy Chardonnay. Match with grilled seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. Clones 6, 15 and Mendoza from the estate winery vineyard, fully barrel-fermented partially with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 25% new oak, 90% French and 10% European, undergoing batonnage. 18.0-/20 Apr 2015 RRP $26.00
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