Grand CRU TrioHawke's Bay
Snap up a trio of the Metro Top 50 CRU Howell Chardonnay and judges’ top fives CRU Omahu Syrah and CRU Omahu Cantera, presented in a three-bottle box with Smith & Sheth branded sleeve.
2020 Howell Vineyard Chardonnay
Pale lemon colour. Complex yet quite discrete aromas of ripe nectarine, straw, fresh brioche and cashew nuts prevail. The palate is similarly discrete to start then grows to show the delicious nectarine, ripe citrus, toast and savoury nuttiness of this vineyard, complimented by a lovely creamy texture and seam of fresh lemon zest to finish. Great cellaring potential.
From the Metro Top 50 Wines 2023 judges:A good perfume of refined oak, lemons and limes (an “oak piña colada”, wrote Hawkins) on the nose and very refined, focused palate. “Chardonnay with quality,” wrote Farrera.
2020 Omahu Syrah
Dense brooding black cherry colour. The nose is intoxicating with aromas of blackberry, cocoa, minerals, iodine and the distinctive sandalwood of fine Gimblett Gravels Syrah. The palate is rich, dense brooding spicey black fruited with a fine thread of blueberry, vanilla and cedar from oak and fruit. The finish is long, fine and gravelly.
2020 Omahu Cantera
Dense almost opaque black cherry colour. A complex hedonistic nose of warm stones, black orchard fruit, cassis, cocoa, tobacco, vanilla and cedar. The palate is rich, dense and generous without being sweet or overt, with the flavours reflecting the nose alongside a distinctive fine gravelly texture and twist of steel.
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