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RAYMOND CHAN REVIEWS MAHI CHARDONNAY

Mahi winemaker Brian Bicknell has a certain passion and enthusiasm for the Chardonnay grape and making Chardonnay wine, stating that it is his favourite variety, his “plan is to be drinking great White Burgundy as I die” he says.  In both his ‘Marlborough’ and single vineyard ‘Twin Valley’s Chardonnay, he adopts the same low intervention approach in winemaking.  He hand-picks the fruit, whole bunch presses, running the must straight to barrel for a high solids fermentation by indigenous yeasts.  Brian aims for freshness, so doesn’t employ much MLF and the wines spend around a year or so in barrel.  The two wines express ‘a sense of place’ to Brian in various aspects, including the yeast populations involved and the source of the grapes.  Here I review his latest releases, the ‘Marlborough’ 2012 and ‘Twin Valleys’ 2011 Chardonnays.  www.mahiwine.co.nz Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2012 Four clones of fruit from the ‘Cook’ vineyard, the ‘Taylor’ vineyard in the Rapaura and the ‘Twin Valleys’ site, all in the western Wairau Valley, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented with high solids in barrel to 13.5%…

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COMMENTS FROM CAMERON DOUGLAS MW VISIT

MONDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2013 Mahi Wine A visit to Mahi Wine and Winemaker Brian Bicknell – Sunday September 8th 2013.  Brian very kindly opened a few of his whites and a red wine which we then tasted and discussed.  Thank you Brian   What follows are my impressions about the wines tasted – I hope I do them justice!   Before you read them though – I have to say – that the overwhelming theme that I came away with about the Mahi style is that of texture, balance and a sense of harmony in each and every wine tasted.   Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (100% free-run juice; 10% of the juice underwent a ‘Wild Ferment; 12% of the juice was Barrel Fermented; wine rested on lees for 6 months) Nose: Plump, generous and very giving of its bouquet – peach and sweet lemon, a quiet gentle spice. Palate: A reflection of what the nose suggests with a generous and giving voice – the texture is fine alongside a pristine acidity, a gentle spice is evident and a hint…

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