Sunday, August 28, 2005

Selaks Marlborough Ice Wine 2004 (PB)

I bought this bottle from a nice little wine shop at Boston’s famed “North End” the Italian district. We had just finished a great dinner at one of the many fine Italian eateries and stepped outside to be greeted by a cacophony of firecrackers being exploded in honor of St. Agrippina whose festival filled the streets.

We saw a sign that mentioned a wine tasting which we couldn’t resist. One of the wines we tasted was this New Zealand ice wine which is a blend of Gewurztraminer and Riesling. It is a pretty yellow to amber in the bottle and has a gentle honeyed nose. The flavors are nice but very subdued and mostly just sweet but with a solid acid foundation to carry the intense sweetness of an ice wine.

This wine is simple. I paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $16 (I think) for a half bottle. A pleasant enough dessert wine but I have had a couple others for the same price which had much more character and taste. For what it’s worth...raise a glass!

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