Selaks 2013 Reserve Pinot Gris and Merlot/Cabernet

08-May-2014
The Selak name is synonymous with the establishment of the modern New Zealand wine industry, showing the continuance of the pioneering days of small Dalmatian family ownership at the start of the 20th century to the global, multi-national operating of the 21st century. It’s a fantastic story as in 2014, Selaks celebrates 80 years of winemaking. For me, the Selaks name brings many fond memories over the last three and a half decades, as I‘ve experienced the change from speaking to Mate Selak and working with sons Ivan and Michael, to seeing the company being sold, but eventually growing to an international brand with reach around the world. The company has undergone the pains of growth, having being bought in 1998 by Nobilos, another Dalmatian pioneer, to that company being acquired by BRL Hardy in 2000. Selaks now operates under the Constellation Brands umbrella, and much of its strength and resilience has been the ownership of good vineyards in Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay, as well the loyalty of the staff, with the Selaks group winemaking and viticulture manager Darryl Woolley being with the company since 1985, and head winemaker Brett Fullerton joining in 1992.

The Selaks range of wines is extensive, with the ‘Premium Selection’ being the most widely distributed. The ‘Premium Selection Breeze’ label offers a low-alcohol alternative. Next up is the regionally expressive ‘Reserve’ range. The top tier is the ‘Winemaker’s Favourite’ which has bottlings from high quality fruit and selected vineyard parcels. Here, I review two 2013 vintage wines from the ‘Reserve’ range, a Marlborough Pinot Gris and Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet blend, noting their representation of 80 years of Selaks wine heritage. They offer real value. www.selaks.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Selaks ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013
  • Selaks ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2013

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