Steve Smith MW has a formidable reputation in the wine industry and Brian Sheth is an investor and wildlife conservationist with a strong love for New Zealand. Smith & Sheth was born through their love of fine wine. Together they hand select only the best fruit from exceptional vineyards, then nurture, blend and bottle wines that express the beauty and character of a place and the passion of its people.
Smith and Sheth CRU Heretaunga Chardonnay 2018
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.
“Made in a rich, ripe style, delivering just the right amount of plumpness on the midpalate without becoming heavy. The high concentration of ripe peach and pineapple-like character handles the 40% new French oak with aplomb; a nutty, toasty layer supports rather than overwhelms the fruit. The grapefruit-like acidity provides a framework that holds the wine together and gives line and length.” 2020 – 2025
93 Points, Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, Nov 2020