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RAYMOND CHAN REVIEWS MAHI MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS & WARD FARM PINOT GRIS

With nearly 30 vintages under his belt, many of them overseas, Brian Bicknell is one of Marlborough’s more experienced winemakers.  He and his wife Nicola set up their own label with the 2001 vintage, their Mahi wines from Marlborough espousing their philosophy of making wines that are sophisticated with texture and subtlety, ideal with food, rather than being fruit-expressive only in style.  They produce a range of wines that are based on the classical Marlborough varieties, but in their own inimitable style of restraint.  The Marlborough regional wines are the core of the range, but the Bicknell’s delight in offering their more complex single vineyard bottlings which incorporate more winemaker input and detail.  Here, I review two new release Pinot Gris wines, the variety Brian recognises to offer much variation and is open to considerable interpretation.  The Mahi approaches are very evident in the two wines, even though they come from the same vineyard. Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Pinot Gris 2016 17.5+/20 Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with hints of green and a suggestion of blush, pale on the rim. The nose is…

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