Selaks ‘Founders’ Limited Edition Wine Release

There has been a welcome trend in recent years for the larger wine companies to express the quality that they are capable of. Even though Pernod-Ricard, Treasury Wine Estates and Constellation have the image of primarily supplying the FMCG market, the reality is that within their enormous resources of vineyards, there are sites that yield the finest grapes. These larger companies also have personnel who have the skills in winemaking that can only be gained over many years. The benefits of making of limited quantities of super-premium wine are recognised to outweigh what is seen as the disproportional effort and diversion of resources required. Wines such as the Brancott Estate ‘Chosen Rows’ and ‘Letter Series’ wines from Pernod-Ricard, and the Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ wines from Treasury Wine Estates are now winning top awards and receiving critical acclaim from the media and in the market place. These wines not only show quality, but provenance. This, of course has a flow-on effect to the more affordable wines made.

Constellation Brands has released its super premium wines under the Selaks banner to mark 80 years of that brand’s heritage. The ‘Founders’ wines were originally released in recognition of Mate Selaks’s passing in 1991. The new releases this year celebrate and acknowledge the first vintage of Marino Selak in 1934. Marino, a Croatian immigrant took his nephew Mate into the business in 1940, and Mate took charge of the family company in 1947. Mate’s sons Ivan and Michael continued until the merger of Selaks and Nobilos with distribution company National Liquor Distributors and BRL Hardy in 1998 forming the Nobilo Wine Group. Following BRL Hardy’s buy-out of all the company’s shares in 2000, the world’s largest wine business Constellation Brands acquired BRL Hardy in 2003.

The Selaks name has been revitalised with the ‘Founders’ series of wines made under the eye of head winemaker Brett Fullerton, with the company for since 1992. Brett is based at the Hawke’s Bay ‘Corner 50’ winery, now renamed ‘Selaks’ in honour of the family which had its beginnings 80 years ago. Here are my reviews of the wines. www.selaks.co.nz


  • Selaks ‘Founders’ ‘Limited Edition’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Selaks ‘Founders’ ‘Limited Edition’ Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2014
  • Selaks ‘Founders’ ‘Limited Edition’ Hawke’s Bay’ Chardonnay 2013
  • Selaks ‘Founders’ ‘Limited Edition’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Selaks ‘Founders’ ‘Limited Edition’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013

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