Karikari Estate Calypso Merlot 2017, Northland

Merlot from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 02-Jul-2021
Medium ruby-red with a slight garnet hue, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full, nuances of red berries, plums, pomegranate interweave violet and an amalgam of spices. Medium-bodied, aromas of red berries, red plums and pomegranate enriched by leathery development and mixed barrel spices. Fine-grained tannin has been mellowed, coated the palate with a fine grip. Lively acidity provides support and freshness to the wine. This is a lively red with vibrant fruit and acidity on a softened tannin grip. Match with char-grilled steak and meatballs over the next 3 years. Handpicked, fermented in two separate batches with different yeasts, 5 weeks skin contact; 46% portion French-barrel-aged for 19 months, 75% of that in puncheons; a further 7% aged in new American oak for 6 months. Final blending and settled in tank for 11 months before bottling. 17.5+/20 pts (89 pts) July 2021 RRP $27  

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