Alpha Domus was established by the Ham family who purchased 20 hectares of land in the Bridge Pa district of Hawke’s Bay in 1990 and started to plant vines the following year. Their commitment is to "produce premium quality wines that are true to varietal character and are a reflection of their unique terroir", so very fitting for Wines With Attitude.
Alpha Domus wines are single vineyard, estate grown and produced at the on site winery. The name Alpha Domus comes from the first initial of each of the first names of the two generations involved in the business - Anthonius, Leonarda, Paulus, Henrikus and Anthonius and "domus" is of course Latin for house.
And if you were wondering about the Tiger Moth logo Alpha Domus is near an historic airfield, important for training pilots throughout New Zealand’s aviation history.
Viognier is not grown very widely - it is notoriously difficult to grow well - and has a tendency particularly in warm climate areas to be a bit OTT with exotic fruit flavours and oily texture. One of the best examples of the grape however is Condrieu wine from the Northern Rhône and this cool climate Viognier from New Zealand adopts that style. Classy and complex - peaches & apricots with crisp lime on the finish; a medium body and the most amazing smooth texture.
Recommended for drinking with oysters, other shellfish and fish generally - I can vouch for the fact that it complements rich paella. It also matches well with herb-based dishes, roast chicken, creamy sauces, mild curries, Thai cuisine, tagines, sweet potatoes, parsnips, butternut squash and creamy cheeses. As it is an easy-drinking wine, it is also perfect as an aperitif and for parties
"A delicate and complex aroma of apricot, yellow fleshed peach, jasmine and mineral notes. French oak and yeast lees stirring contributes creamy vanilla and toasted brioche characters. This is a well balanced wine with soft acidity and a lingering fruit finish.
Complement with white meats and Asian dishes, or enjoy on its own. Delicious and already a favourite of all who taste!"
Top 100 wine and Blue Gold Award Sydney International Wine Competition 2017
This wine competition judges wines not only in technical terms but also "as a complement to food and the dining experience"
18.5 / 20 points Raymond Chan May 2017
"Full, even, light golden yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a full, soft and voluminous nose with well-packed and dense aromas of ripe apricots entwined with tropical fruits, and a layering of creamy, nutty oak, with underlying refreshing citrus zest and floral elements. This is well-integrated and harmonious in presentation.
Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and detailed flavours of ripe apricots and yellow stonefruits, along with tropical fruit, creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak nuances, and fresh citrus zest and floral notes. The palate has weight and an unctuous texture, balanced by fresh, lacy acidity and some alcoholic cut and power. The wine carries with good linearity, leading to a full, soft, integrated finish of ripe apricots, tropical fruits and exotic floral and citrus nuances. This is a rich, harmonious and well-balanced Viognier with ripe apricot and tropical fruits, an unctuous mouthfeel, good freshness and some power. Match with Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine over the next 3 years."
94 points Sam Kim
92 points Bob Campbell MW
90 points & Highly Recommended Decanter Magazine Sept 2018
"An ambitious oaked Viognier. Light toast meets stone fruit and a hint of lime citrus with a fresh finish."