Cambridge Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011 $80 

It’s very easy to see why Lance Redgwell put a ring on it and announced at the time of release that this is his finest pinot vintage to date, because seven years on from harvest, it’s absolutely blowing my mind.  Sourced from a small 5.5 acre (3 hectare) vineyard on the Martinborough terrace that was planted back in 1986, Lance manages it biodynamically and crafts this wine from clones CL5, Abel, CL6, 114, 667 & 115.  Scented with tamarillo, cherry, rosehip tea and raspberry, this pinot is saturated with cherry, plums and black fruits on the palate and it boasts elegant tannins and tightrope tension.  Glorious and worth every cent of its $80 price tag if not more.