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Vibrant moderate ruby colour. Lovely aromas of ripe red fruits, cassis, red flowers, spice and a hint of tobacco and blackcurrant leaf. The palate is medium weight with fresh raspberry, plum and sweet herb flavours balanced by a lovely seam of vanilla and cedar from both fruit and oak maturation. Long and graceful. Delicious early drinking and through 2026.

Smith & Sheth CRU Heretaunga Cabernet Franc 2020

Region: Hawke's Bay

Country: New Zealand

Closure: Screwtop/ Cap

ABV: 14.0%


  1. 91

    Rich fruit. Flecks of green. Fleshy. Obvious oak on the close.

  2. 96

    Classical fragrant cabernets aromas with cedar dark chocolate notes. Claret style wine with ample dark berry fruits and cedar tannins. Finishes chalky firm. Very good tannin ripeness and minerality.

  3. 95

    Opens with red and blackcurrant and hints of vanillin toast. Medium bodied, plush, savoury, excellent intensity and chalky tannins.

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