Porters Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017 $45

Winemaker and ferociously competitive lawyer John Porter, has managed to cram a shed tonne of spice-soaked fruit into his wine, and that puts me firmly in my happy place pinot-wise. He doesn’t accept average and neither do you I suspect. Deceptively pale in colour (pinot noir doesn’t need darkness for power), I love the supremely sippable layers of cherry and raspberry and the soft, elastic tannins that elongate the earthy, savoury length of flavour in this vintage. Martinborough is a rockstar region for pinot noir, and this wine proves it, especially if you’re lucky enough to sip it with tender, rare rosemary and balsamic lamb steaks. Drink now through 2025.

Porters Pinot