Smith and Sheth Cru Omahu Cantera 2017
A beautiful fusion of spicy berry aromas with liquorice and sweet oak and vanilla in the background.
Smith and Sheth's Cru Omahu Cantera is an intriguing blend - complex, sweet and spicy.
Grapes for the Cru Omahu Cantera yield from small parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo sourced form Omahu appellation in the prestigious Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawke's Bay. The wine was aged in new American oak barriques for 19 months, where it gained weight and texture.
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.
Complex dark red fruits predominant on the nose. A beautiful fusion of spicy berry aromas with liquorice and sweet oak and vanilla in the background. The three varieties in this wine complement each other in both aroma and palate: the Cabernet Sauvignon delivers power and structure, the Tempranillo, juiciness and flesh, with the Cabernet Franc adding aromatic spice.