Selaks Founders

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 traditional Croatian food, it seemed wine was in seriously short supply too. So Marino decided to make his own and in the process created a New Zealand favourite. Ever since those first vines were planted, one thing has always remained the same – Marino's most treasured grapes were blended into a wine kept especially for his family and friends. Now, 80 years on, Selaks continues to honour this tradition of producing the very best by crafting this unique wine we call ‘Founders’.

Choose a varietal below or in the list to the left

  • Chardonnay

    A wine for lovers of compelling and complex Chardonnay. Aromatically savoury, smoky and nutty. The palate is long, weighty and textured, lifted by citrus fruit characters and culminating in a toasty finish. A winning combination with steak béarnaise or pumpkin ravioli.

  • Merlot Cabernet

    Enticing aromas of ripe plums, blackberry and dark chocolate. Intense flavours softened with a spicy oak, this full-bodied wine has ripe tannins and refined finish.

  • Pinot Gris

    In this delightfully floral Pinot Gris, only the free run juice is used. The result is balanced acidity with just a hint of apple, pear and Turkish delight. Linger over the flavour on its own before serving with roast scallops and pancetta.

  • Pinot Noir

    This age-worthy Pinot Noir is dark, rich and has superb tannin structure which will soften over time. Savour the aroma of berry fruit and subtle nuances of spice and oak on the palate. Worthy of your best duck, venison or lamb dish.

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Take a moment to lose yourself in the wildly fragrant nose of citrus and passionfruit before you embark on the indulgent palate of ripe tropical fruit flavour and layers of mineral complexity. Enjoy with whitebait fritters or a warm baked goats cheese salad with honey.

  • Syrah

    With concentrated aromas of black pepper and dark berries, this medium bodied wine offers rich sweet notes of blackberry layered with soft oak. The flavours culminate in a well-rounded smooth finish.