Alpha Domus's flagship Bordeaux blend knocks it out of the park again and, with the skyrocketing prices of the Hawke's Bay prestige labels, there is a strong argument to support 'Aviator' as the regions best value super premium red.
The 2018 is a richly weighted Cabernet Sauvignon dominant release with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec in support. It's a study in how the Bordeaux varietals perform in the Bridge Pa Triangle sub-region and showcases the areas dark fruit characters with lots of spicy oak and classic Cabernet tobacco leaf characters on the palate. Seriously good.
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.