Petane Puriri Block Sfumato Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020 ($70)
Pronounced ‘ss-foo-mah-toh’, the name of this new wine from WineFriend favourites Petane Wines, is named after a painting technique describing softening the transition between colours. But you knew that right? Art nerds will also understand that it mimics an area beyond what the human eye is focusing on or the out-of-focus plane. Obviously. Hand-harvested, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in 60% new French oak puncheons and heaving with flavour and personality, it’s both elegant and bursting with citrus. This wine really rocks the kasbah. Bold peach, nougat, and nutty niceness combined with soft mandarin and lemon mean this bottle is like a Solid Gold Hits of flavour.