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2018 Smith & Sheth "Heretaunga" Syrah Hawkes B ay (Previously $43)

SKU #1535431 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Like its sister wine, Omahu, this is a precise, tightly knit wine for the cellar that beautifully captures both the power and the elegance of Hawke's Bay Syrah. Like a hug in a glass, it offers comforting aromas of melted chocolate, baking spice, ground pepper, fresh brambly berries and a hint of something more mineral. The palate is broad but focused, and more approachable young than Omahu. Tannins are beautifully textured, talc-like and spicy, cradling the pristine fruit. Drink now - 2040. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

94 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Deep, bright red/purple colour, fresh and youthful. The bouquet is loaded with meaty-spicy shiraz aromas, a trace of coffee grounds, and the texture harmonious with powdery tannins, excellent intensity and a long carry. (HH) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Heretaunga (the local indigenous word for Gimblett Gravels) is the lighter of the two 100% Syrahs from Smith & Sheth in this line up. Pretty, retrained aromas of plum and raspberry lead to a chalky red liquorice bite, white pepper and creamy vanilla oak. Deliciously open and vibrant now but it's a sinuous, savoury style that should still age well for mid-term enjoyment. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark More savory in style than the Omahu Syrah, the 2018 Cru Heretaunga Syrah delivers waves of dark-berried fruit, tar, espresso and black olives. It's medium-bodied and silky-textured despite all that, with a lingering, blueberry-tinged finish. As a Rhône reviewer, this puts me in the mind of a good Saint-Joseph (without the granite influence). Inner quote mark (6/2021)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Plenty of spice here, some brassy oak influence and aromas of blackcurrants, redcurrants and blackberries. The palate is very smoothly honed with fresh-licorice, red-cherry and dark-plum flavors. Nicely balanced, in a fleshy, mid-weight mode. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark This is one chilled-out Syrah. It is a rather delicate yet supple style and it gives the impression of being relaxed in its own skin. The fragrant finish is reminiscent of raspberry and subtle pepper notes with a mass of gentle, cocoa-powder-like tannins settling like a fine veil across the mouth. An attractive expression that can be approached now or in the medium term. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

K&L Notes

13.5 Abv

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