Grand Cru

When we think about whether our wines have earned a potentially “grand cru” designation, it is the confidence we have in the vineyard, how close we have been to it, and ultimately the wine quality and character over time that make that decision easy.

The three wines that have made the “grand cru” designation within our CRU portfolio are theHowell Vineyard Chardonnay, Cantera and Omahu Syrah. They will only be made in vintagesof high quality and will be released as a collection on the 1st of July two years following vintage.

Cru Collection

Our CRU wines represent the Smith & Sheth view of the Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough and Central Otago regions. Somewhat like the village wines of Burgundy, our CRU Chardonnay, Albariño, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are sourced from trusted growers with a long history of exceptional wines that truly represent the region’s potential.