Smith & Sheth, Cru, Syrah, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Intensely fragrant and perfumed aromatics. Dark berry flavours mix with florals and spice to provide great complexity.
Smith and Sheth's Cru Heretaunga is Intensely fragrant, elegant and fresh, with spice, tapenade and red liquorice nuances.
Grapes for this vintage were sourced from private growers as well as Smith and Sheth's own estates (Bridge Pa, Omahu and Mangatahi). Fruit was picked from 15-year-old vines, and the wine aged for 18 months in old and new oak barriques, where it gained great texture and complexity.
Smith and Sheth (Steve Smith MW and Brian Sheth) share a love of fine wine and met in Hawkes Bay over a glass of Chardonnay. Steve Smith MW has a formidable reputation in the wine industry: renowned for establishing Craggy Range in Hawkes Bay and Martinborough, as well as being one of a few qualified Master of Wines to be based in New Zealand. Brian Sheth (hails from Austin Texas), is an investor and wildlife conservationist, with a strong affiliation and love for New Zealand. Together, they act as contemporary negociants, seeking out the best grapes from the finest vineyards, establishing strong relationships with the land and growers to craft wines with a true sense of place. The French call it 'terroir', while in New Zealand they have their own defining word - Turangawaewae - our place to stand in the world.
Intensely fragrant and perfumed aromatics together with spice, tapenade and red liquorice nuances. On the palate, dark berry flavours mix with florals and spice to provide great complexity. Beautifully focused, rich and seamless with a long finish and fine-grained tannins.