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Selaks White Blend Marlborough Ice Wine 2005

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

Produced from 58% Gewurztraminer and 42% Riesling, and sporting 162 grams of residual sugar per liter, the 2002 Ice Wine Premium Selection has a nose of white flowers, peaches and apricots. The result of cryogenic extraction (freezing the grapes), it is a lush, pleasing wine loaded with yellow fruits and cherries. Medium-bodied and satin-textured, it has excellent depth of fruit and balance. Drink it over the next 7 years.

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Selaks Wines:
When Marino Selak first arrived in New Zealand from his native Croatia in 1906, there were a few things missing. Apart from olive oils and the traditional Croatian food, it seemed that wine was in seriously short supply. Back in Croatia, wine was the centre of the table that brought families and friends together - part of everyday life. So Marino decided to create his own by buying some land... Read more
When Marino Selak first arrived in New Zealand from his native Croatia in 1906, there were a few things missing. Apart from olive oils and the traditional Croatian food, it seemed that wine was in seriously short supply. Back in Croatia, wine was the centre of the table that brought families and friends together - part of everyday life. So Marino decided to create his own by buying some land for a market garden, orchards and vineyard, unwittingly creating a wine that would become a world favourite. 34 years later and the Selaks wine had become so popular in the local Auckland community that Marino asked his relatives in Croatia for help. Perhaps lured by the prospect of growing wine in the fields of New Zealand as opposed to going to war, Marino’s nephew, Mate Selak, sailed to New Zealand on a one way ticket at the tender age of 16. He must have enjoyed his new home because by the time Mate was 23, he had purchased the land from his uncle and had begun experimenting with champagne style wine. The wine brought a taste of Europe to the country and was instantly popular. However, the government confiscated the Selaks’ land to build a new motorway. Read less

External Reviews for Selaks White Blend Marlborough Ice Wine

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Produced from 58% Gewurztraminer and 42% Riesling, and sporting 162 grams of residual sugar per liter, the 2002 Ice Wine Premium Selection has a nose of white flowers, peaches and apricots. The result of cryogenic extraction (freezing the grapes), it is a lush, pleasing wine loaded with yellow fruits and cherries. Medium-bodied and satin-textured, it has excellent depth of fruit and balance. Drink it over the next 7 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Richly sweet and brightly aromatic. A delicious amalgam of juicy litchi and spice aromas and flavors, finishing tangy and bright with citrus notes. Gewürtraminer and Riesling. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Very pale yellow-gold color. Slightly swampy aromas of apricot syrup, mirabelle, lime and mint, with a hint of heat showing. Then juicy, gingery and supple in the mouth, and already quite expressive. But a distinctly easygoing style of ice wine, without the concentration, structure or gripping acidity normally shown by the category of sweet wine.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Rich and sweet, balanced with vibrant acidity, with spicy, floral overtones to the apricot and honey flavors, finishing with a refreshing tautness. Gewürztraminer and Riesling. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Sweet, tangy and intense, with very good concentration to candied green apple, peach and apricot flavors. Gewürtraminer and Riesling. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Full gold. Roasted fruit salad, crème brûlée, honey and cinnamon on the nose. Penetrating, fresh flavors of apple, pear and peach; the wine's slightly sugary quality is leavened by some brisk citrusy acidity. Finishes with good length and some unabsorbed acidity.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Pale medium-gold. Nuanced, lively aromas of pineapple, peach syrup, ripe pear, honeysuckle and stone. Juicy, brisk and penetrating, with vibrant flavors of pineapple and cherry pit. Bracing but harmonious acids give this taut wine a refreshing edge. Rather gentle for ice wine but very persistent, and not at all cloying.


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