Smith & Sheth CRU Heretaunga Chardonnay 2019



100% barrique fermented old vine Chardonnay from vineyards in the Bridge Pa and Gimblett Gravels regions of Hawke’s Bay.

The fruit is sourced from two vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, 20-year-old Clone 15 and 95 vines that are dry-farmed on a silty loam over gravel with some limestone influence, and old Mendoza vines grown on river terrace soil, light loam over gravel.

Vibrant pale straw colour with some green tinges. Fresh and fruit-driven, almost Chablis-like in style. Complex and light on its feet. Vibrant acidity balanced by a creamy, lingering texture. Delicious drinking now and set for medium term (3-5 years) cellaring for those with patience.

  • Rich, silky, complex
  • 750ml
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2027
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Producer: Smith & Sheth

Steve Smith MW has a formidable reputation in the wine industry: renowned for establishing Craggy Range in Hawke’s Bay and Martinborough, he is also one of few qualified Master of Wines to be based in New Zealand. Brian Sheth, from Austin Texas, is an investor and wildlife conservationist, with a strong affiliation and love for New Zealand. They met in Hawke’s Bay over a glass of Chardonnay and quickly found common ground in their love for fine wine, Aotearoa New Zealand and enjoying life’s pleasures.

In 2014 Steve and Brian realised their vision of founding a wine dream together, to craft impeccable wines from vineyards of exceptional quality and to create experiences where they could share these wines with like-minded people: "The French call it "terroir" – a sense of place. In New Zealand we have our own defining word - Tūrangawaewae - our place to stand in the world. This word describes the special connection of a people and the land they live, love and work in. Our wines reflect the magic and alchemy of this relationship and the true beauty of these places."

Vineyards are located in Marlborough — some of the oldest vines in the Wairau appellation where the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc story began back in the 1980s — Central Otago, and three separate locations in Hawke's Bay (Heretaunga): Howell, Mangatahi, and Omahu in the world famous Gimblett Gravels.

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96 Points
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit


  • Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

    This is gloriously attractive, the immensely complex bouquet shows golden peaches, vanilla, cedar, brioche and crème brûlée, leading to an impressively concentrated palate offering outstanding depth and persistency. It's multi-layered with delectable flavours and creamy texture, finishing super log and delicious. At its best now to 2027. 96 points/5 stars.

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