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Selaks 2017 ‘Berries and Cream’ Rosé and ‘Luscious’ Pinot Gris

18 October,2017
Most wine producers are very aware of the difficulty of informing potential wine buyers and consumers what their wines taste like. Often, brief descriptions are given on back labels, but clearly the buyer must be proactive in seeking these descriptions. In May this year, Selaks launched the ‘Taste Collection’ wines which comprised three 2016 vintage wines, the ‘Zesty’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the ‘Buttery’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay and the ‘Velvety’ Marlborough Pinot Noir. These names are pretty well descriptive of what’s inside the bottle (click here to see my reviews). Sophisticated buyers may see these names as being simplistic, but they cleverly and instantly convey the style of the wines. Selaks have now added to the ‘Taste Collection’ wines with a 2017 ‘Berries and Cream’ Rosé and ‘Luscious’ Pinot Gris, both from Hawke’s Bay fruit. The wines are released to coincide with the summer weather. I review the wines here. www.selaks.co.nz


Selaks ‘Berries & Cream Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Bright, light salmon-pink colour with hints of purple on the rim. The nose is delicate with fresh, ethereal and fragrant aromas of strawberries and raspberries and hints of cream with an amalgam of red florals and fresh herbs. The aromatics are clean and gently mouthwatering. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has elegant flavours with good intensity, showing strawberries and raspberries with lifted red florals. The mouthfeel has sweetness and a little creaminess, balanced by a light, fine-textured thread and fresh acidity. The aromatic fruit flavours carry with good linearity to a lingering finish with a little thirst-quenching spritz. This is an elegant dry rosé with light strawberry and raspberry fruit with aromatic florals and a fresh thirst-quenching finish. Match with canapes, tapas and dim sum over the next 2 years. Hawke’s Bay fruit, 93.5% Merlot, 4.2% Malbec and 2.3% Gewurztraminer, cool-fermented to 13.1% alc. and 5 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $21.99

Selaks ‘Luscious’ Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh with soft aromas of white stonefruits and florals and nuances of honeysuckle and minerals. The aromatics show good depth with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has restrained, light flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with subtle floral notes and suggestions of honeysuckle. The mouthfeel has a soft richness and is balanced by light, refreshing acidity and the wine flows along a fine line, leading to a dry finish with light stonefruit and honeysuckle notes. This is a light fruited dry Pinot Gris with a subtle richness and fresh mouthfeel. Serve as an aperitif and with most white meat dishes over the next 2+ years. Hawke’s Bay fruit cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 5 g/L RS, the wine aged one month on lees. 16.5/20 Oct 2017 RRP $21.99
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