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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.

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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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

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.

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