Selaks Wines

+64 9 412 6666 45 Station Road
Huapai, New Zealand
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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. Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Gewürtztraminer

    History of the grape: Evidence of the parent Traminer grape can be traced back to the Middle Ages, in the Tyrollean A...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Selaks Founders Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2010

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    Fresh and clean on the nose with apple, accented by hints of yeast dough, a touch of butter and green apple peels. This is really dry and austere on entry with well-integrated acid. Though made in a very firm style, the light flavors offer good orchard fruit purity. The finish is short, chalky and dry. A stern wine which would benefit from the r... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • You’ve probably tried a few New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and maybe even dabbled in the occasional Pinot Noir, but have you taken a look at their Chardonnays? If you haven’t, you really need to. I should probably rephrase that. If you enjoy a leaner, crisper style of Chardonnay that manages to be ripe yet firm with vivid clarity, then it’s time f... Read More

    From the article New Zealand Chardonnay


  • Selaks Riesling/Gewurtztraminer Icewine 2003

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • With the holidays in full swing I know we’re all looking for gifting guidance. Sometimes the hardest gifts to buy are those for the people you know the least: your doorman, hairdresser, letter carrier, or assistant. While cash is always appreciated, adding a nice bottle of wine personalizes the gift in a way cash never could.Understanding that w... Read More

    From the article 10 Holiday Gift Wines Under $15


  • Selaks White Blend Marlborough Ice Wine 2006

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    Wine review by berrysr


  • Selaks White Blend Marlborough Ice Wine 2006

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    Not too viscous or syrupy. this could probably be confused in a blind tasting for a sweet riesling. woo-wee this is tasty with granny smith apple and pineapples for days. I haven't smelled this much petrol since the last Australian riesling I drank. That's what she said? Definitely not what I was expecting when I screwed the cap off. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


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  • Selaks Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Premium Selection 2005

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    Wine review by Kystalin


  • Selaks Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Premium Selection 2005

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    Look carefully at batch numbers on rear label. Though some batches would rate 5 batch L9177 17:40 is not even 1 glass Read More

    Wine review by Piccolo356


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  • Selaks White Blend Marlborough Ice Wine 2004

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    Great with fruit and nuts. Apple and honey on the nose. Big grapefruit on the palate. Crisp, intense, and not cloying. Read More

    Wine review by lushforlife42


  • Selaks Riesling Marlborough Ice Wine 1998

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    Wine review by dlbramsey


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