edited by Sue Courtney
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Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Back in August 2002, the Alpha Domus 'The Aviator' 2000 was flown from Hawkes Bay to Auckland in a Tiger Moth bi-plane to star at the Alpha Domus 2000 vintage release tasting and I was there, eager to taste the wines. 'The Aviator' was totally delicious and I wrote a rapturous review.
I finished by saying "The hallmark of a great wine is that it is approachable in its youth yet has the ability to age".
This month I've had the opportunity to try this wine again – not once, but twice. First of all at the beginning of the month at the Hawkes Bay Winemakers Hot Red Roadshow 2004 where it was one of my favourite wines in a Hawkes Bay and Bordeaux comparative tasting. I wrote
Then at this week's First Glass Fine Wine Wednesday tasting (26 May 2004) where New Zealand wines were compared to a similar wine from a classic region, it was one of my Wines of the Night. I wrote ...
I can now quite firmly state that the Alpha Domus 'The Aviator' 2000 is aging beautifully and if anything is gaining more complexity and deliciousness.
At the Hawkes Bay Roadshow I was fooled into thinking it was a wine from 2002, so dense was its colour and so bright it pinky red hues but at the First Glass tasting the wine showed more developed leathery characters from the outset. That's bottle variation I guess.
If you bought the wine on release it would have cost you $50 a bottle. If you buy it now it will cost you $10 more. But at least you know it has been well looked after in the Alpha Domus cellars.
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