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Selaks ‘The Taste Collection’ ‘Silky Smooth’ Merlot 2016

11 May,2018

A year ago, Selaks, a New Zealand founded company under the international Constellation Brands giant launched ‘The Taste Collection’ wines. This was made up of three eye-catching labelled, cleverly named bottlings which left the consumer no doubt as to what style of wine they were purchasing and drinking. They were a ‘Zesty’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, a ‘Buttery’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay and a ‘Velvety’ Marlborough Pinot Noir (click here to see my reviews). Later last year, they were joined by a ‘Berries and Cream’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé and a ‘Luscious’ Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris (click here to see my reviews). I’m sure there’s an element of suggestion in the names, so drinkers can taste what they are purported to see. From my assessment level, the winemakers haven’t strayed too far from what are the accepted and most popular crteria for each of these categories. But there’s no denying that the names actually work, and indeed these wines perform very well on the market. Such that there is a new wine to join the series: the ‘Silky Smooth’ Merlot. I review the wine here. I find it has plenty of structure and fruit sweetness, somewhat more serious than the ‘Silky Smooth’ tag, and is better for it! www.selaks.co.nz

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Selaks ‘The Taste Collection’ ‘Silky Smooth’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5+/20

Full, very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is soft and initially restrained in expression, but unfolds to reveal harmoniously interwoven aromas of ripe black berried and dark-red plum fruit along with a very delicate thread of fresh herbs, revealing sweet and spicy, cedary oak. The aromatics grow in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and juicy core of ripe black berried and plummy fruits melded with a layering of spicy and cedary oak, and suggestions of dark herbs. The fruit is rich and has good presence, and is underlined by grainy tannin extraction and soft acidity. The mouthfeel has good grip and the fruit carries with good drive to a long, lingering finish of spiced plums. This is a rich, ripe, black-fruited Merlot with cedary oak and good tannin grip. Match with barbecued and grilled red meats over the next 5-6 years. Hawke’s Bay fruit fermented to 13.5% alc. and 1.3 g/L RS, the wine on skins for 18 days fermentation and aged 18 months in French and American oak. 17.5+/20 May 2018 RRP $21.99

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