Smith & Sheth CRU Heretaunga Syrah 2019



100% barrique-aged Syrah from the world famous Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay.

Destemmed but not crushed prior to fermentation, with very gentle extraction with one gentle pump over each day of
fermentation. Pressed soon after reaching dryness, before barrel ageing of 14 months in French oak barriques, 35% new.

A deep, crimson red colour with dark red berry fruit, red liquorice florals and pepper on the nose. Complexity from the small new oak component sits perfectly in the background on the palate. Savoury, long and finely tuned without being heavy, dense or dry. This is a classic Hawke’s Bay Syrah with the structure that will allow it to age for at least 10 years.

  • Smooth, silky, complex
  • 750ml
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2029
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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

    Offering brilliant fruit purity with gorgeous complexity, the wine shows dark berry, floral, vanilla, subtle spice and roasted almond characters. It's concentrated and flowing on the palate, displaying deliciously ripe fruit flavours together with refined mouthfeel and seamlessly woven tannins. Poised and harmonious with excellent structure, ensuring its gradual evolvement. From the Gimblett Gravels. At its best: 2025 to 2039. 96 points.

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