Akitu Central Otago Pinot Noir Blanc 2022 $40
Freshly crushed pinot has been whisked off its red skins lickety-split and then made as if it were a white wine — and I absolutely love it. Scented with gentle stone fruit, fennel, white pepper and apple notes, it has flirty-fresh flavours of citrus, yellow plum and hints of almond and apricot. It’s an incredibly complex wine with a lick of mineral and talc, plus it looks so darn pretty and I’m a sucker for a stylish package. So the Akitu got my tibias all atingle. Crafted from clone 777 pinot noir, it has supple but powdery tannins, lovely purity and superb tension to finish.