Fine wines produced by exceptional estates, many of them family-owned.
The Barnstormer Syrah
North Island :: New Zealand
The Alpha Domus winery was established by two generations of the Ham family. The vineyards (20 hectares, planted in 1991) are located on the Heretaunga Plains, west of Hastings, 20 km from the coast. The Ham family is committed to producing premium quality wines that are true to varietal character, a reflection of their unique terroir and that represent exceptional value-for-money.
Alpha Domus is in the vicinity of an historic airfield, important for training pilots throughout New Zealand’s aviation history. The aircraft used was the de Havilland Tigermoth which is depicted on the Alpha Domus labels.
Hand and machine harvested grapes were crushed to purpose built
fermentation tanks. Using selected yeast strains, the ferment was
allowed to reach 28 deg. C and proceed to dryness. Following maceration on skins for 14 days, the wine was matured in French oak for a further 10 months. Bottling was completed early March to retain the vibrant fruit character.
Ten months in French oak.
A fruit-driven Syrah with aromas of liquorice, black pepper, plum and
floral notes. Savoury oak adds complexity.
Blackberry, raspberry, bacon, hickory, pepper and flint aromas are front and centre. The flavours really explode on the palate, and yet it suggests Rhône Valley rather than a New World style (thus the appropriate use of Syrah instead of Shiraz). Fresh acidity and moderately firm tannins give this wine structure. Enjoy it tonight with bacon-wrapped lamb medallions. (LCBO VINTAGES panel, Sept. 2012)
Great with pizza, pasta, lamb and Moroccan style dishes.