Carrick Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 $44-$51

Now in its 26th vintage, this is one of New Zealand’s most respected pinot noirs. The 2020 erupts with classic Central Otago dark fruits and dried thyme aromatics, then follows through with attractively layered spice and charred oak notes. There’s some tannic cling and grip and it’s edged with wild rhubarb and whispers of black tea. Always aged for at least 12 months in bottle before release, it’s classic, stylish and very appealing.