Alpha Domus The Navigator (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Frank, Malbec)
Selected parcels of mostly hand harvested Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot were destemmed, crushed and transferred to tank. After a 4-5 day maceration period the ferments were initiated, warmed and allowed to reach 32ºC at the Peak of fermention. Pumpovers took place 4 times daily with less towards the end of fermentation. The wine was then run off to seasoned barrels (80% French) and the skins were pressed through a one tonne basket press. The different batches were kept seperate for over 12months prior to blending.
A complex aroma of seet berry fruit, plums, violet, licorice and hints of char. Influences of sweet vanilla and toast result from oak barrel maturation.
Plum and blackberry are supported by clove and spicy notes. Savoury, leadthery charecters add complexity. The Sweet fruit, spicy oak and firm tannins create an alegant, fragrant wine with excellent length.
Drinking well from 2015. Further cellaring will reward a more harmonious wine and softer tannins.
Perfect with red meats and game, pasta, cheese or any full flavoured dishes.
Harvest Dates:2 April - 15 April 2013
Brix at Harvest:22.5 - 24.0
Bottling Date: 10 March 2015
Variety: Merlot (69%), Cabernet Sauvignon (17%), Cabernet Franc (7%), Malbec (5%), Petit Verdot (2%)
Net Quantity: 750 ml