Smith & Sheth receives suite of outstanding scores in global wine review 'bible'

June 30, 2021

Smith & Sheth receives suite of outstanding scores in global wine review 'bible'

Smith & Sheth receives a suite of 90+ scores in global wine review ‘bible’ Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate’s latest New Zealand tasting report.

Across the Smith & Sheth and sibling estate Pyramid Valley labels, 20 wines scored 90 points and above – no mean feat in one of the toughest scoring regimes in the world. Parker’s Advocate pioneered the 100-point scoring model commonly used to rate wines and has the power to make or break a wine, particularly in the competitive American and Asian markets.

It is a fantastic endorsement for the brands which together have ambitions of producing some of the world’s most celebrated Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Of the results, Managing Partner Steve Smith MW was understandably thrilled, “All the latest release 2020 and 2019 Pyramid Valley wines scored highly in the Outstanding category of 90-95 points, and both the 2018 Field of Fire and 2018 Lion's Tooth Chardonnay scored 94 Points – just a whisker below the top scoring wines in the category. The Smith & Sheth range also showed strongly with all scores in the Outstanding category, including the Wairau Sauvignon Blanc continuing its run of 90+ plus scores with Parker.”

These results are a coup for Hawke’s Bay locals and visitors who have unfettered access to the portfolio of wines through the Smith & Sheth Oenothéque in the heart of Havelock North. It is the only place in New Zealand where both the Smith & Sheth and Pyramid Valley wines can be purchased and many tasted through the Cellar Door and wine lounge.