Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir

Villa Maria has long produced some of Marlborough’s finest pinots, and as the region’s reds continue to rise, one of the country’s largest family-owned wineries continues to set the pace. The fruit focus on display here is captivating in its aromas of violets and its flavours of black cherries and blackberries. The palate is fine-tuned with a honed focus of supple, finely textured tannins and acidity that carries on a tangy finish, propelling black cherry fruits long and persistent. $60 at Corkscrew Cellars.