South River Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $32(tbc)

Crafted by Antony Worch at Alexandra Vintners and carefully shepherded to the winery by the multi-talented Kenneth McGrath, this pinot noir is hugely aromatic and heaving with berry blossoms, black tea and motorcycle-leathers.  Wild cherry, blueberry and fuzzy, woolly notes make this a fresh, youthful yet highly complex pinot noir.  Apple skin astringency and warmth on the finish make this a memorable sip and showcases how a challenging vintage can be carefully handled.  Very youthful, so hang on to it for another year or three.