What’s in the glass tonight August 5th – Chardonnay


Selaks Buttery Chardonnay 2016

Selaks Taste Collection Buttery Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2016 – $

13% alc. Gold colour.

L loves a good buttery Chard. This showed bold malo on the nose, generous apricot and peach aromas, oaky influence.

Smooth golden stonefruit flavours to taste. A big generous mouthfeel, and creamy, but not too heavy. A light touch for a heavy white, if you will, seeking balance with acidity on the mid-palate. Medium length. A cheery value winter white, and a welcome return for this expressive and bountiful style of Chardonnay.

L sez “far too drinkable”!

Recommended 88 points

What’s in the glass tonight June 25th


Selaks Reserve Chardonnay 2013 2

2013 Cheap Chardys: Selaks Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013 – $

Light gold. 13.5%. Warm, rich, round and spicy nose.

Quite dense and ripe on palate. Lots of golden stone fruit and sunshine in the glass. Tasty. Not a great deal of complexity, but this wine still tends towards the educated end of the I’m-affordable-drink-me-now wine spectrum. A great effort and really good for the price. 4.

Worth the Cuisine recommendation and some cellar time.

Straight to the Pool Room – June 2014


Pool Room June 2014

Continuing the collecting of sub-$20 Chardonnays from the great 2013 Hawkes Bay vintage with cellaring potential…

Selaks Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013 – $ – drink 2016-2018 – this wine was given the Best Buy recommendation by a popular foodie NZ gourmet magazine a couple of months ago, so it is probably worth a punt on a long sleep-in. I have a bottle to test for poison later, so I hope I am not embarrassed.

What’s in the glass tonight April 29th


Selaks Reserve Chardonnay 2011

Selaks Hawkes Bay Reserve Chardonnay – $$

Gold. Quite aromatic with white peach on the nose; more peaches and nectarines in the mouth, with a touch of lemon and honey and vanilla, and the typical bite of oak at the rear of the throat. Medium-rich, round and soft from the malolactic fermentation.

This chardonnay is quite sweet – too much for my taste.

Drunk with roast chicken and olives.