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Smith & Sheth CRU Heretaunga Albarino 2023, Hawke’s Bay

Albarino from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Apr-2024
Bright, straw yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is gentle and elegant, with aromas of citrus, stonefruit, subtle spice and creamy attributes. Medium-full bodied, aromas of lime melded with peach and apricot, unfolding spice and a hint of custard brioche. Enlivening acidity flows with a mineral thread, leaving a chalky mouthfeel. A touch of oak spice and lightly framed a fine structure and elevate the length. Match with fish pie and kebabs over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from Bridge Pa and Magatahi, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, pressed to tank (58%) and barrel (42%) predominantly old French oak barriques with 17% indigenous yeasts and 33% underwent MLF, aged 9 months in barrel on lees before blending. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Apr 2024 RRP $40

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