Karikari Estate Toa Iti Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Tannat (2020)

Retasted in 2020, this distinctive, non-vintage wine (3*) is a blend of 2016 and 2017 vintages. Merlot-based (50 per cent), with Cabernet Franc (40 per cent) and Tannat (10 per cent), it was hand-picked in the Far North and matured for two years in French (mostly) and American oak casks (25 per cent new). Very developed in colour, it is a distinctive, gutsy, full-flavoured wine, with hints of liquorice and spices, and moderately firm tannins. Savoury and mellow, it tastes ready.


Type: Red Wines
Variety: Merlot
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★ – 3 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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