Karikari Estate ‘Toa’ Karikari Peninsula 2007

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 16-Feb-2011
‘Toa' means ‘warrior' and this is a selection of the best Estate fruit. This 2007 wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Malbec with a small amount of Pinotage. 13.5% alc., aged in French and American oak. Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with purple hues, this has a powerful, dense nose of black and red fruits, fruit-cake, spices and strong toasty oak. Cigar box and cedar nuances show with time in the glass. A very full, almost massive and very dense wine on palate, the plump, rich and ripe fruit is luxurious, but moderated by the fulsome, rounded tannic structure. This is a wine with harmony and balance. There is restraint to the earthy red plum and berry fruits. Soft acidity allows the spicy, cedary oak to carry the long finish. This is amazingly subtle for the size. Approx. 60 cases of this ‘flagship' wine were made. Drink with roast lamb over the next 7-9 years. 18.5+/20 Feb 2011 RRP $40.00

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