Beach House Gimblett Gravels Montepulciano 2013 $45 ★★★★★

I swear the wines made by the small but perfectly formed team at Beach House wines on Hawke’s Bay’s Te Awanga Coast, just get better with every passing year.  Crafted from fruit sourced in the sun-trap that is the Gimblett Gravels (it’s always at least 2 degrees hotter there than other parts of the Bay) this Italian stallion is highly perfumed with red rose, boysenberry, dried sage, bay and pepper.  In the mouth it’s smooth and elegantly structured, packed with dark fruit and cocoa-like flavours.  Sophisticated.  Stylish.  Seriously sippable.