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MARK HENDERSON’S THOUGHTS ON OUR 2016 SAUVIGNON

Nice words from Mark Henderson in the Otago Daily Times on our 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Over the last few years we have been leaving our Sauvignon on yeast lees longer and longer and like the effect on the palate and texture, with the 2016 drinking so well right now. 2016 Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Rating:  Very good to excellent Subtle nose of wildflowers, lemon pepper and a lime-tinged note. The palate adds gooseberry and smoke with a pepper and spice character: initially supple and vinous before the green herb zestiness and crisp acid zing floods in to take charge. This grows into something rather lovely with persistence, grip and zing.

2014 MAHI MARLBOROUGH PINOT WINS GOLD AT SOMMELIER WINE AWARDS IN THE UK

Not something we have done before but it just so happens that our UK distributors, Berkmann Wine Cellars, entered our 2014 Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir in the 2017 Sommelier Wine Awards and it won gold! Check out what they had to say and click here for more information. Mahi, Pinot Noir, 2014, Marlborough , New Zealand ‘A great food wine,’ said Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson of this Gold Lister, praising its ‘savoury, spicy nose with whole bunch lift’, and adding: ‘An intriguing wine with something to say, showing cherry and strawberry fruit on the palate, with grippy tannin.’ Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering noted: ‘Good complexity, appealing development in the mouth and good depth.’ ‘Super-fresh acidity and excellent typicity – great with cold cuts, or as an aperitif,’ concluded Frances Bentley of Individual Restaurants.  

MICHAEL COOPER GIVES THE TWIN VALLEYS CHARDONNAY 5 STARS

MAHI TWIN VALLEYS CHARDONNAY 5 Stars Hand-picked and matured in French oak barriques, this is a classy wine. Mouthfilling (13.5% alc/vol), with rich grapefruit and stonefruit flavours, a subtle seasoning of biscuity oak and fresh acidity, it has obvious cellaring potential.

JANE SKILTON’S THOUGHTS ON OUR NEW RELEASES

2016 Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Very vivid snowpea, freshly squeezed lime and lemon on the nose with a hint of wet stone/chalk. The palate is crisp, tight and textural – there is a subtle yet complex layer of biscuit and grapefruit pith, the touch of barrel ferment contributing a tempting savoury edge to the flavours. Succulent acidity and a lovely bone dry finish. 2015 Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir An exotic aroma; vibrant red cherry and wild raspberry, almost reaching into damson plum territory. There is a cinnamon spice edge which suggests. some stems were included. The palate is silky and ripe, the tannins beautifully judged. A background of oak sits well alongside the fruit. There is enough density and complexity to engage the mind yet the wine retains a strong degree of cheerful drinkability.

RAYMOND CHAN’S THOUGHTS ON OUR 2016 SAUVIGNON AND 2015 PINOT

Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 18.0+/20 Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues.  The nose is fresh with tightly bound aromas of ripe gooseberries and hints of passionfruit, along with stonefruits, white florals and chalky mineral notes.  This has good depth and intensity.  Medium-full bodied, the palate is bright and vibrant with stylishly concentrated flavours of gooseberries, green stonefruits and passionfruit, with notes of herbs and chalky minerals.  The fruit is enlivened by the fresh acidity and the wine flows along a fine, phenolic textured, mouthwatering line with good drive and energy.  The wine carries to a long, lingering, dry and chalky finish.  This is a finely concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with stylish gooseberry, stonefruit and passionfruit flavours on a chalky, minerally, fine-textured, refreshing palate.  Serve with salads and vegetables, herb-marinated seafood and poultry, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2+ years.  Fruit from 6 vineyard sites, hand-picked and WBP, fermented in tank with 12% in seasoned French oak by indigenous yeasts, to 13.5% alc. and <1.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 10 months on lees. Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir…

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WINE ORBITS REVEIWS 2016 SAUVIGNON AND 2015 PINOT NOIR

MAHI MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 93 points / 5 stars A partially barrel fermented sauvignon (12%), it is beautifully lifted on the nose showing green rockmelon, nectarine, feijoa and lime zest characters. The palate is vibrant and juicy, and delivers excellent fruit purity and fine texture, leading to a lengthy refreshing finish. This is elegantly styled while offering impressive varietal power and intensity. At its best: now to 2019. MAHI MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2015 94 points / 5 stars The bouquet is fabulously aromatic and inviting with red/black cherry, mixed spice, toasted almond and truffle aromas with nuances of dried herb and floral. The palate delivers excellent fruit concentration and focus, wonderfully complemented by delectable flavours and silky texture, finishing persistent and engaging. A beautifully composed and expressed pinot with loads of appeal. At its best: now to 2021.

SAM KIM’S THOUGHTS ON OUR 2015 MARLBOROUGH AND TWIN VALLEYS CHARDONNAY

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2015                         93  & 5 stars A beautifully composed chardonnay, the fragrant bouquet shows ripe stone fruit, nougat, lemon peel, vanilla and subtle cedar characters. The palate is succulent and rounded, and delivers excellent fruit intensity, wonderfully enhanced by creamy texture and bright acidity. The wine shows fruit richness as well as savoury complexity, making the wine both stylish and delicious. At its best: now to 2020. Mahi Twin Valleys Chardonnay 2015                             94  & 5 stars This is magnificently styled, exhibiting complex aromas of nectarine, fig, brioche, hazelnut and vanilla on the nose. The palate is concentrated and superbly weighted with rich texture and excellent fruit power. The wine offers expansive mouthfeel and layers of delicious flavours, wonderfully supported by elegant savoury complexity. At its best: now to 2021. $39.00.

RAYMOND CHAN REVIEWS OUR 2015 CHARDONNAYS

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 17.5/20   4 stars Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, pale on the rim.  This has a tightly bound core of white stonefruits and white florals entwined with subtle nutty lees and oak nuances, and suggestions of minerals, unfolding to grow in volume and breadth.  Medium-bodied, the palate is finely presented and well-proportioned with stylishly restrained flavours of white stonefruits, along with subtle nutty lees and mineral detail.  The wine is smooth-flowing with a very fine, near seamless texture, and is balanced by light, lacy acidity.  The wine carries to a delicate finish of white stonefruits.  This is an elegant and finely presented Chardonnay with white stonefruit flavours and a smooth flowing, fresh line.  Serve with seafood and poultry over the next 4 years.  Fruit from the ‘Cook’, ‘Twin Valleys’, and ‘Taylor’ vineyards, and a small amount of clone 1066 from the ‘Home’ block, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 11 months on lees in 4% new barrels. Mahi ‘Twin Valleys’ Chardonnay 2015    18.5/20   5 stars Bright straw-yellow colour…

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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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