Alpha Domus ‘First Solo’ Chardonnay 2013

28-Apr-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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