Butterworth Estate Martinborough Layline Pinot Noir 2017 $35

If Martinborough pinot noir had a LinkedIn profile, I’m certain we’d have a thousand mutual connections. There’s something about those ancient, river-gravel soils that inject seriously savoury characters into its pinot noir and it’s a joy to drink with lamb. With fruit supplied by a clutch of local growers that’s shepherded into the bottle by multi-degree science nut and winemaking wizard Martin Bell, best you pull up your socks, adjust your straps, and prepare yourself for a cherry-saturated, spicy style with prickly tannins, and dusty, mineral-heavy textures to finish.  Butterworthestate.com