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Smith and Sheth Cru

Steve Smith MW is the creative force in wine-making that helped establish Craggy Range as one of New Zealand's most iconic and internationally respected brands, whose portfolio is now rated amongst the greatest wines made in this country today. Steve left Craggy Range to pursue other ventures in collaboration with Brian Sheth, which includes this very personal project - Smith and Sheth Cru Wines.

As contemporary negociants, Steve Smith and Brian Sheth seek out the exceptional. They have made the most of more than 35 years’ experience with the wine-growers and wine-makers of New Zealand; forging relationships, hand-selecting the best parcels from exceptional vineyards only, then nurturing, blending, and bottling these wines. They are all about establishing steadfast relationships with the land, growers, and makers who form the DNA of these CRU's.

"The French call it ‘terroir’ - a sense of place. In New Zealand we have our own defining word – tūrangawaewae; our place to stand in the world. It describes the special connection of a people and the land they live, love, and work in. Our wines reflect the magic and alchemy of this relationship, and the true beauty of these places. CRU has been chosen to collect these wines under one banner as it is the only word that exists that means “vineyards of exceptional quality”. Each wine also has the Māori designation that relates to its whenua (land) origins. The labels have a unique design embossed within that represent the genome sequencing of the grape varieties we are working with. The DNA that is natural to the vine and to the vineyard ecosystem is reflected in each and every wine we make."
— Steve Smith MW

We were all aptly impressed when we tasted the CRU line-up as a team in early March this year, and are extremely happy and fortunate to be given an initial allocation of these stunning wines. They are produced in very small quantities, so now is your chance to be the first to stash a few bottles carefully in the cellar and taste what will undoubtedly be the beginning of a new legacy in New Zealand Wine.
— Wine DIrect

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