Alpha Domus 'The Barnstormer' Syrah 2016 Hawkes Bay
Very engaging bouquet of Syrah - meaty, spicy, masculine an oaky; fruit aromas of dark berries suggesting dark and ripe black currant, dark plum then clove and toasty oak suggestions, youthful. On the palate - firm, dry, youthful and tense with firm tannins, medium+ acidity and weight, plenty of oak and strong flavours including the darker berry fruits suggested earlier. A youthful example still finding its way to balance, but does have good potential to become a finer wine with time. Decant for service and service with high protein food. Best drinking window from late 2018 through 2024.
Alpha Domus 'The Navigator' 2014 Bordeaux Blend
Very engaging bouquet showing ripe dark berry fruits aromas, violet and oak spices; baked vanilla and clove centric oak, tobacco and ceder/cigar box scents, an herbal vegetal/herbaceous layer from the Cabernet(s), dark plum. On the palate - dry, firm, youthful and flavourful; if you like oak, fuller bodied red wine and spicy wood laced dark berry fruit flavours then this wine will tick all these boxes for you. Decant for service with very high protein food or wait and drink from 2020 through 2030.