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 Wairau Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Some fruit from growers and some from other wineries’ vineyards – they get Steve Smith’s input in the the vineyard. 75% fermented in tank with cultured yeast, 25–30% in foudre or old barrel. 80% from stony soils around Renwick. The rest from Sam Weaver’s Churton vineyard. 55–60 hl/ha. Low-vigour vines in stony vineyards giving some phenolics to the wine even though there is no skin contact. Stony and herbal but not grassy. Intense lemon and lime fruit on the palate – and on the nose as it warms up – very chalky in texture. Only a hint of passion fruit. Dried grasses, and some orange. Chalky and saline. Textured. Quite a grip on the finish but the middle is filled out with ripe fresh fruit. Lean and stony but all in balance. This is going to be a great food wine. (JH) 17/20 Jancis Robinson
“There’s a delectable creaminess and rich weightiness to this Sauvignon Blanc. The label states that it hails from old vines; at an average 25 years, they are indeed pretty old in a very new, New World wine country. This isn’t a huge fruit salad of Marlborough Savvy aromas; it’s much more nuanced, offering subtle violets, nectarines and apple skin that dare I say has a whiff of the Loire. While still fresh, the acid is rather gentler than you’d expect – potentially an expression of this ripe vintage. An excellent showing. ” 2020 – 2023
94 Points, Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, Nov 2020