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Selaks ‘The Taste Collection’ Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

17 May,2017
As a proud independent, family-owned winery, Selaks had a history stretching back to 1934 when Croatian immigrant Marino Selak had his first vintage. The company is one of many that morphed as it grew, undergoing multiple mergers, with BRL Hardy acquiring all of its shares in 2000, which itself became purchased to come under the Constellation Brands umbrella in 2003. Yet with the new ownership, the original Selaks spirit of appealing to all segments of the market continues. As well as successfully catering to the FMCG category, Selaks have the flagship ‘Founders’ range which stand tall in any company (click here to see my reviews of the ‘Founders’ limited release wines in December 2014).

The parent company realises that one of the most difficult things about wine is conveying its taste and character in a simple and clear-cut manner to the consumer. The Selaks brand has been chosen as the ideal vehicle to introduce ‘The Taste Collection’ where wines have a descriptive name that describes the style of the wine. The labelling is attractively bold and busy. Here, I review the new wines. www.selaks.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Selaks ‘The Taste Collection’ ‘Zesty’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5-/20
Bright, pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with good intensity of lifted passionfruit aromas along with fresh herbs, tropical fruits and fresh fermentation esters. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is bright, refreshing and lively with elegantly concentrated flavours of passionfruit and tropical fruits, entwined with fresh herbs and fermentation esters. The flavours are enlivened by crisp, zesty acidity and the wine flows along a fine, phenolic-textured line, leading to a vibrant, aromatic, lifted finish with a concentrated core. This is an elegantly concentrated, tightly bound, aromatically lifted, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with brisk, lively acidity and a fine-textured line. Serve as an aperitif and with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 2.3 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 May 2017 RRP $21.99

Selaks ‘The Taste Collection’ ‘Buttery’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5/20
Full, light golden-hued yellow colour, paler edged. The nose is softly full and voluminous with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits melded with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes, layered with integrated butterscotch elements. Medium-bodied, the plate has vibrantly rich flavours of yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits harmoniously entwined with layers of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak with lemon-curd and buttery MLF notes. The fruit sweetness is balanced by crisp, lacy acidity, and the wine flows with good energy along a soft-textured line, leading to a lingering finish of stonefruits, nuts and butter. This is a rich, creamy, stonefruit and tropical fruit flavoured Chardonnay with nutty and buttery notes on a fresh palate. Match with roast poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years. Hawke’s Bay fruit, 70% barrel-fermented and aged in 30% new French oak barriques, blended with 30% tank-fermented fruit to 13.0% alc. 17.5/20 May 2017 RRP $21.99

Selaks ‘The Taste Collection’ ‘Velvety’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5/20
Moderately deep ruby-red colour, lighter on the edge with garnet hues. The nose is light and restrained in expression with aromas of red berry fruits entwined with dark and fresh herbs, along with suggestions of minerally reduction. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses bright red berry fruit flavours along with fresh and dark herb notes and suggestions of minerals. The fruit is underlined by fresh, steely acidity and light tannin structure. The brisk acidity carries the flavours to a fresh, racy light-fruited finish. This is a bright, red berry and herb flavoured Pinot Noir with underlying racy acidity and light tannin structure. Serve with antipasto, with tuna or salmon, and with poultry over the next 2-3 yeas. Marlborough fruit destemmed and fermented with whole berries to 13.0% alc., with portions aged in oak barriques and cuves. 16.5/20 May 2017 RRP $21.99
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