Blank Canvas Escaroth Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $49

Here’s a wine showing total class and elegance and you should own it immediately because that’s you in a nutshell right?  Grown by Andy and Kyna Laurie, in their dry-farmed, north-facing Taylor Pass vineyard (named after the fictional lake town where the elves in The Hobbit sourced their wine) it’s perfumed with red rose, spiced cherries and soft cocoa characters then bursts with plush, plucky red fruits in the mouth.  Wild fermented then matured in low-toast French oak barriques, it’s a luscious, lithe pinot noir with a long life ahead of it (if you’re disciplined enough to keep some tucked away) It’s also succulent, juicy and delicious with duck.