Selaks Riesling/Gewurtztraminer Icewine (half-bottle) 2004
Other Dessert from New Zealand
Selaks winery is set in the gentle rolling hills northwest of Auckland
city, just a few kilometers from the unspoiled West Coast of New Zealand's North Island. In this idyllic marine climate, using the latest European technology, Selaks combine the traditions of three generations of winemaking with "new world" efficiency, to produce premium varietal wines, acknowledged as among the best in the country. Selaks only use natural products in winemaking.
Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown mainly in the shingly valley which slopes from the South Islands Marlborough hills down to Cloudy Bay. Other grapes like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon reach fulsome ripeness in the fertile Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island.
From austere, long-lasting Chardonnays and flinty extra dry Methode Champenoise to fragrant ripe Riesling; from the rich Founders Reserve Cabernet and Merlots with its ripe berry flavors and firm tannin, through to lusciously sweet Ice Wine, all the families wines are driven by the best quality fruit. The care and skill of the chief winemaker Darryl Woolley ensures that the superb flavors of some of the worlds finest grapes are naturally encouraged and developed in the winemaking process.
This seductive wine reveals the secret of producing an outstanding
ultra-sweet wine; optimum balance between fruit sweetness and crisp, clean acidity. Made predominately from Riesling and Gewurztraminer, this wine never fails to make friends. It tastes sweet and unctuous, yet not cloying.
About Other New Zealand
A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label.
Auckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces very little of New Zealand's wine. It's pretty wet up there so vineyards are planted in the driest spots possible – reds are most popular here. Nelson is the only region along the west coast of the country, producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Canterbury's chilly climate is best suited for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
About New Zealand
The country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc
(made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay
and the ever-growing Pinot Noir
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.