Karikari Estates 2014 ‘Calypso’ and 2015 Chardonnays, 2016 Viognier and 2015 Syrah and Pinotage


It has been nearly 6 years since I last reviewed any Karikari Estate wines from Northland. Much has changed since then, but the brand is still seen as one of the most well-known and regarded in the district, due to the consistency of the wines. It appears the fulsome style remains similar, and this is very popular in the market. Karikari Estate is this country’s northern-most producer, and synonymous as Carrington Estate and is part of that luxury accommodation and visitor experience complex which includes a golf course and fine-dining restaurant. It has been owned by Chinese real estate giant Shanghai Cred since 2013.

Part of the Karikari Estate wine holdings accompanying the winery are 12.8 ha of vineyard, planted to 36% Chardonnay, 25% Merlot, 20% Pinotage, 12% Syrah and 7% Syrah on the Karikari Peninsula. The company’s vineyards are supplemented by fruit from other sites. Tending to the viticulture and winemaking is Alan Collinson, with the company for 6 years. Here, I review the 2014 ‘Calypso’ Chardonnay, 2015 ‘Estate’ Chardonnay, 2016 Viognier, the fruit from nearby Paewhenua Island, and the 2015 Syrah and Pinotage. www.karikariestate.co.nz


  • Karikari Estate ‘Calypso’ Karikari Peninsula Northland Chardonnay 2014
  • Karikari Estate Karikari Peninsula Northland Chardonnay 2015
  • Karikari Estate Paewhenua Island Northland Viognier 2016
  • Karikari Estate Karikari Peninsula Northland Syrah 2015
  • Karikari Estate Karikari Peninsula Northland Pinotage 2015

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