Smith & Sheth Cru Heretaunga Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020 $40

Sourced from their Omahu (Gimblett Gravels) and Mangatahi (inland west of Hastings) vineyards, this syrah has an earthy elegance and plushness from its whole-berry, un-crushed ferment and from being matured for 14 months in French oak of which 35% were new barrels. The tannins are very soft and fleshy, with very little extraction and there’s an ultra-soothing, refined pepper-laced layer on the finish. It’s gentle and stylish and seriously tasty.

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