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RAYMOND CHAN’S THOUGHTS ON OUR 2017 MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON

Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Brian Bicknell has been intimately involved with the development of modern Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for well over a quarter of a century (although he looks far too young).  Back in 1992, while with Babich Wines, he was investigating the effects of indigenous yeast fermentation.  The conclusions at the time were very positive, and Brian took this procedure with him when he became the founding winemaker at Seresin Estate.  I was judging at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards at the time the 1996 Seresin Sauvignon Blanc made its appearance, winning gold.  It was a maker for me to the emergence of the sophisticated styles that are prevalent today. Brian and his wife Nicola established their own label Mahi in 2001, and here, he has continued his work with Marlborough’s most significant grape variety, employing greater amounts of mom-inoculated yeasts, whole bunch pressing for the finest juice, and the use of batonnage and barrel-fermentation for increased complexing detail and subtle textures and richness.  Brian tends to avoid the overt fruitiness that Marlborough achieves with ease, this…

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REBECCA GIBB MW REVIEWS A FEW MAHI WINES

MAHI MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 90 Points Round and seamless, keeping in the citrus and elderflower spectrum rather than green and tropical. Fine, drawn out finish with texture, likely from a low pH. MAHI BOUNDARY FARM SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 92 Points From clay soils on a slope at the eastern end of the Wairau close to Blenheim. Whole cluster pressed, indigenous fermentation, no additions, barrel fermented with high solids. The result is a flinty and nutty nose with seamless mouthfilling texture, which caresses the mid-palate and brings grip and a hint of chew on the grassy, slightly blackcurranty finish. MAHI MARLBOROUGH CHARDONNAY 2015 91 Points Ripe peach fruit with brioche and lanolin flavours abound in this mid-weight Chardonnay. Offering silken texture, and a high level of fruit concentration, it finished with a flourish of fine acidity. MAHI TWIN VALLEYS CHARDONNAY 2015 93 Points Full bodied, round and weighty with a high level of fruit concentration reminiscent of cream, lanolin and cashew. This whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented wine sports a silken texture and a firm, lemony finish MAHI BALLOT BLOCK…

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JAMIE GOODE VISITS MAHI FOR A FULL TASTE AND TOUR

Have a read of Jamie’s thoughts below or read the full article here Mahi Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough, New Zealand Complex and taut with nice purity. Has some citrus and grapefruit, but also a hint of spicy, nutty character under the fruit. Quite textural and rounded, with some prettiness. It has some of the Marlborough exotic quality, but it’s really nicely balanced and textured, with great precision. 92/100 Mahi Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough, New Zealand High clay, east of Blenheim town. No additions (no SO2 in the juice even), hand picked straight to barrel (barriques), wild yeast ferment. This is rich and textural with nice intensity. There’s a delicate green quality that adds a spicy cabbage and herb note that sits nicely with the sweet pear and peach fruit. Finishes nutty and a bit stony. Lovely texture to this wine. 92/100 Mahi Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand This has lovely texture and delicacy. Fine green hints with lovely fine-grained citrus fruit and a delicate spiciness. Lovely harmony here with beautiful fruit expression and a really…

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MICHAEL COOPER LISTS THE TWIN VALLEYS CHARDONNAY AS A POTENTIAL CLASSIC

With the release of the 2015 Mahi Twin Valleys Chardonnay Michael Cooper has now listed the wine as a potential classic, check out his latest review below. Mahi Twin Valleys Chardonnay 2015                           5 stars Grown and hand-picked in the Twin Valleys Vineyard, at the junction of the Wairau and Waihopai valleys, the classy 2015 vintage (5*) was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 15 months in French oak barriques. Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling and tightly structured, with concentrated, youthful, grapefruit and stonefruit flavours, integrated oak, fresh acidity and excellent complexity and cellaring potential. Best drinking mid-2018+.

MAHI MARLBOROUGH 2016 PINOT NOIR NAMED IN JAMES SUCKLING TOP 100 NZ WINES AND RECEIVES 94 POINTS

Our inaugural Top 100 New Zealand Wines of 2017 is a selection that taps into the impressive evolution of wine style and quality in what is a very young wine-growing nation. The eye-catching depth of New Zealand wine across a myriad of styles is of significance to wine collectors and drinkers because this is a group of wines that mark a clear step away from the oceans of sauvignon blanc that first put this place on the world wine grid.  Read more here…https://www.jamessuckling.com/wine-tasting-reports/top-100-new-zealand-wines-2017/  

A FEW WORDS FROM MICHAEL COOPER ON OUR 2016 SAUVIGNON

Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 5 stars The 2016 vintage (5*) is the most impressive yet. Grown at six sites – principally at the western end of the Wairau Valley – it was mostly handled in tanks; 12 per cent of the blend was fermented with indigenous yeasts in old French oak barrels. Lees-aged for 10 months (longer than in the past), it is fully dry (less than 1 gram/litre of residual sugar), with moderate acidity, mouthfilling body, and excellent vigour, delicacy and depth. Freshly scented and sweet-fruited, with layers of flavour, it offers top value.

WINE ORBIT REVIEWS OUR 2017 MARLBOROUGH ROSÉ AND PINOT GRIS

2017 Mahi Marlborough Pinot Gris 94 points  /  5 stars Stylish and complex, the engaging bouquet shows baked pear, fig, orange peel and floral characters with a touch of fragrant spice. The palate is succulent and beautifully weighted, and delivers excellent fruit power and roundness, backed by bright acidity. The wine offers ripe fruit intensity together with subtle savoury undertones. At its best: now to 2021.   2017 Mahi Marlborough Rosé 93 points  /  5 stars A gorgeous flavoursome wine, the elegantly expressed bouquet shows raspberry, watermelon, citrus and floral characters, leading to a vibrant palate that is charming and lively. The wine offers excellent purity as well as fine texture and crisp acidity, finishing beautifully long and mouth-watering. At its best: now to 2019.

NICE WORDS ON OUR 2015 MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR

A big thank you to Mark Henderson for this lovely write up in the Otago Daily Times last week. The link is below if you would like to see the full line up. 2015 Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir Price: $34.90 Rating: Excellent to outstanding Rich and powerful nose showing some fruit jube/liqueur fruits, oak and savoury nuances. Concentrated palate adding cherry and plum to the mix with fine and well-integrated tannins. A lip-smacking crunchiness and real freshness, building to a long, savoury close that draws you back for more. Delicious. https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/food-wine/wine-reviews/reds-savour-all-over-nz

RAYMOND CHAN’S THOUGHTS ON OUR 2017 MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS & ROSÉ

Mahi Marlborough Rosé 2017 4 stars 18.0/20 Bright, light strawberry colour with some depth, lighter on the rim.  The nose is elegant and delicately expressed with gentle but positive aromas of strawberries and cream, pomegranate and red florals, along with thirst-quenching mineral hints.  This has ethereal perfumes.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a softly concentrated core with lively and mouthwatering strawberry and cream fruit with notes of cranberries, pomegranate and red florals.  The flavours are up-front and the palate flows along a light-textured phenolic line with balancing dryness.  The acidity balances and enlivens the mouthfeel, and the wine carries to a long finish with floral nuances and mouthwatering minerals.  This is a softly concentrated, lively and mouthwatering rosé with flavours of strawberries and cream, pomegranate and cranberries with red floral lift, on a soft-textured palate.  Serve as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 2 years.  100% Pinot Noir fruit from ‘Ward Farm’, given two and a half hours skin contact and cool-fermented to 12.2% alc. and < 1 g/L RS. Mahi Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017…

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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.

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