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Interpreting Wine Podcast

May 27, 2020

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Steve Smith MW holds one of the most prestigious wine qualifications in the world. A discussion that charts his early career and place at the forefront of some of the most iconic New Zealand wine brands in the world, including Villa Maria and Craggy Range. Before we go in depth into his current twin projects Smith & Sheth and Pyramid Valley. A timely reminder of the diversity of the region and a deep dive into how modern, high end New Zealand winemaking is inextricably linked to its past while creating its future. 


Episode outline:

Origin Story

Mentorship and academia

Villa Maria

The MW journey and advice

Craggy Range

Smith and Sheth, Natural M.A.D.E


Wines tasted:

Cru Wairau Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Tech sheet:

Cru Omahu Cantera 2017

Tech sheet:


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Intro and outro music
The New Investors

Guest: Steve Smith MW, Smith & Sheth, Pyramid Valley

Date recorded: 16 April 2020