Karikari Estate Hell Hole Merlot/Cabernet Franc (2016)

The 2016 vintage (2.5*) is an estate-grown, Far North blend of Merlot (75 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (25 per cent), hand-harvested and matured for two years in old oak barrels, mostly American. 'Honest, raucous and a little rough' (according to the back label), it has mature colour. Full-bodied, it's a slightly gutsy, easy-drinking red, with red-berry, herb and spice flavours, and a smooth finish. Ready.


Type: Red Wines
Variety: Merlot
Vintage: 2016
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★✰ – 2.5 Stars
Price: $27 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: –V

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2021

The overall rating for quality is Tentative, as Michael has only reviewed a small number of vintages of this particular wine.

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