A Smith & Sheth Syrah and a Coleraine from Te Mata Estate have made it onto a global wine authority’s Top 100 Cellar selection, a list of the best wines in the world, and the only New Zealand wines to make the cut.
The Wine Enthusiast is a world-renowned wine publication, with a circulation of more than 250,000, and one of the most influential voices in wine and drinks journalism. Its expert wine panel taste and review 20,000 wines a year, and make their selections.
Each year, Wine Enthusiast releases the Top 100 Cellar Selections list, a ranking of the best wines tasted throughout the year that exhibit pedigree, structure and staying power—the hallmarks of age worthy wines. All these bottles will stand the test of time.
The 2018 Smith & Sheth CRU Heretaunga Syrah received a “superb” 95 Points.
Managing Partner Steve Smith MW is thrilled with the results.
“This is a fantastic endorsement for our winery, which has ambitions of producing some of the new world’s most celebrated Chardonnay and Syrah, and a coup for Hawke’s Bay.
“We are delighted with this recognition for our 2018 Heretaunga Syrah from one of the world’s most respected authorities in the world of wine.
“It is our firm belief that our role is to create wines that truly feel as though they come from a place that imparts its own distinctive stamp on every fine wine it produces.”
Te Mata Estate’s Coleraine 2018 was awarded 96 points by Christina Pickard, editor of Wine Enthusiast who said, “This vintage is a strong one, showcasing the power and ageability of a world-class red with the precision of this traditional estate.”
Nick Buck, Te Mata’s CEO, is proud and delighted: “This recognition by one of the world’s foremost wine publications is fantastic. We are proud of this as it endorses all the focus and attention to detail we put into this wine and it’s very rewarding to see that acknowledged. It shows that Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand can produce serious, age worthy wines that compare to the best in the world.
Master of Wine Bob Campbell awarded the 2018 Coleraine 98 points and commented “This is a classic Coleraine – a long distance runner.”