Doctors Flat Single Vineyard Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $52-$58 

Anyone who loves great pinot noir should phone their nearest wine shop now to ask if they have this wine in stock. If they do, hoon down there immediately and celebrate that you’ve carpe’d that diem. If they don’t, wail loudly over the phone that they’ve let you down, then slink over to your iPad to order it online*. This wine is the result of religious attention to detail by winemaker Steve Davies, whose skills are entirely focused on producing just one wine each year from his tiny, organically-farmed, 3ha block. The result is an intensely concentrated tamarillo, black tea and spiced rhubarb rock star in the glass. Soothing yet succulently structured, it bursts with freshness and flavour. It’s a joy to drink now, but tuck some away for another 8 years and you’ll be seriously rewarded. Amazing stuff.

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*The actual Doctors Flat website is very no-frills in that you will need to email Steve to enquire about buying some, then he will email you back probably with bank account details and then the process of buying begins. If you want a more instant e-commerce result in New Zealand, try Caro’s, VinoFino, Moore Wilsons or  LiquorMart