Big Sky Te Muna Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016 $40

I love the little depiction of the Southern Cross on the label of this Katherine Jacobs and Jeremy Corban-crafted wine, it fits with the clean, unfussy image of a couple focused on maintaining fruit purity and plushness of style.  The ancient Te Muna Terraces are home to some of New Zealand’s most prestigious pinot noir vineyards.  There’s something about those soils which impart such huge depth of character into the wines – so prepare yourself for masses of black tea, baked cherry, fresh plum and dried herb characters which sit atop smooth, savoury spices, pillowy tannins and an elegant, ethereal finish.  Superb stuff and stunning with sticky roast duck spring rolls.