Putangi Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $31

This new range of wines created by Greg Hay and his team at Wet Jacket Wines, is named after the trusty rowboat used by pioneer conservationist, Richard Henry, who in 1894 began ferrying as many of our endangered birds as he could find, from parts of Dusky Sound, to the safety of Resolution Island.  With it’s layers of smoke and spice, it also manages to pack a tonne of rosehip, raspberry, cherry and redcurrant all into every single mouthful.  With powdery tannins providing softly-textured grip around the gums, it’s a lengthy, lithe and leather-licked wine that’ll win fans the second it’s poured.