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BOB CAMPBELL MW LISTS 2016 MAHI MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS AS BUY OF THE WEEK NZ

Mahi Pinot Gris 2016, Marlborough, NZD $19 Made from grapes grown in a single vineyard in the Awatere Valley. A portion of the wine was barrel-fermented. Dry and quite flavoursome pinot gris with good weight and a reasonably smooth texture. It shows typical pear and apple varietal flavours with a subtle spice and anise character. Good value at this price. Score: 92 ★★★★ – view on BobCampbell.nz Alcohol: 14% Ageing: now to 2020 Food: Grilled Wairarapa octopus, potato, capers, cucumber, dill, celery, green goddess Stockists: Mahi Wines, Renwick; The Village Winery, Auckland (NZ); Queen’s Bounty, Victoria (AU) Ranked #2 of 22 2016 Pinot Gris tasted from Marlborough Price Benchmark: NZD $24.97 Avg 92pt 2016 Pinot Gris tasted from New Zealand

PASSIONATE & PANTS-LESS: A WRITE UP FROM PHILLIP REAY IN WILD TOMATO

I have talked with a number of winemakers and the majority of them, especially the good ones, exhibit similar traits. Firstly, they are all passionate. So passionate in fact that anything not concerning wine is somewhat of an aside. I’m sure it’s not unusual for a winemaker to find himself or herself working in the winery in their underwear as they’ve forgotten to put their trousers on. This happened to Brian Bicknell of Mahi Wines when he rushed in to his winery to check on damage after the recent quakes. Granted this was an exceptional circumstance, but he did have to drive to the winery so there was time to realise he was ‘sans clothing’. Winemakers generally have an excellent sense of humour. When I tagged along with a group of Danish visitors at a tasting at Mahi winery, the same Mr Bicknell compared the Danish race to pinot noir. That is, being ‘genetically unstable’. Luckily they all laughed. The good winemakers all seem to have a very low ‘bullshit’ quota, are plain-speaking and, at times, disarmingly honest. This is,…

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MARK HENDERSON REVIEWS MAHI MARLBOROUGH & WARD FARM PINOT GRIS

2016 Mahi Marlborough Pinot Gris Rating: Good to Very Good Pear, stonefruit & juicy fruit gum, developing honey and beeswax with time. A light frame with hints of peach and nectarine: chalky grip for textural interest. Crisp and dry, this finishes on a zingy, citrusy note. Rather tightly bound today, yet it feels like there may be more to give here.   2015 Mahi Ward Farm Pinot Gris Rating:  Excellent Cider apples, blossom, almonds and a toasty hint. Voluminous in the mouth with a soapy texture and chalky phenolics, with apricot notes building. A completely different style, challenging perhaps for some, but full of richness and interest. This grows in assuredness over time, showing marvellous length and depth.

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