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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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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.

CAMERON DOUGLAS REVIEWS MAHI PINOT GRIS

Mahi Pinot Gris 2016 Marlborough 92 Points Extremely attractive bouquet of ripe tree and stone fruits with a core of concentration, spice and fruit. On the palate – delicious and just dry with medium+ acidity and flavours of pear skin and peach, apple and preserved lemon, a hint of white pepper spice and dried herb, crushed stone mineral note and wild honeysuckle. Lovely wine with medium+ length. Drink now and through 2020. Mahi ‘Ward Farm’ Pinot Gris 2015 Marlborough 94 Points Fragrant, spicy, complex and packed with a core of mineral ripe fruit. Flavours of peach and pear, honeysuckle and spicy apple; fabulous texture with some lees-like sulphide moments, medium+ acidity, complex and long finish. Delicious example. Drink now and through 2020.

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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NICK STOCK REVIEWS MAHI FOR LATEST REPORT ON NEW ZEALAND WINES FOR JAMES SUCKLING

NICK STOCK REVIEWS MAHI FOR LATEST REPORT ON NEW ZEALAND WINES FOR JAMES SUCKLING   OCTOBER 2014 WWW.JAMESSUCKLING.COM     94 POINTS Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Pinot Noir 2012 A convincing style that is built on quality pinot noir fruit well handled in the winery. Dark cherry and spice on the nose, with violets and foresty underbrush. The palate has deliciously supple, ripe tannin texture, impressive length and shape, and fans out beautifully with pure dark-cherry flavor throughout. Drink now. 93 POINTS Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Pinot Gris 2012 The Mahi style is a complex one, with the winemaking adding savory, biscuity complexity to some handy ripe, flavorsome fruit. There’s plenty of pear and pastry flavor, nicely weighted, fresh and quite commanding. Drink now. 93 POINTS Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012 There is a delightful, creamy edge to the rich tropical and citrus fruits apparent on the nose. Superb clarity on the palate with pure citrus and passion fruit flavors providing the high notes. Lovely shimmering acidity makes for a great wine. Drink now. 92 POINTS Mahi ‘Boundary Farm’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Lime, grapefruit…

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MAHI SINGLE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON – TOP 2 WINES IN WINE ADVOCATE TASTING

We are thrilled to announce our two single vineyard Sauvignon Blancs received the top scoring ratings in Lisa Perrotti-Brown’s tasting of New Zealand Sauvignons in October 2013. Some excerpts from her article: “I’m impressed. My tastings on New Zealand wines throughout 2013 was the most exciting year of reviewing this country so far; the wines just get more and more compelling”  Lisa Perrotti-Brown, New Zealand: Fine Tuning (31 October 2013) Mahi has managed to score the highest points for both their single vineyard Sauvignon Blancs achieving a 92+ rating for each wine. Naturally we are thrilled with the news. Even more so as Lisa states in her article: “ This was my most interesting set of Sauvignon tastings to date. A good many producers are really finding their feet with individual expression, revealing sub-regional differences. use of barrel ferments/ wild yeast and lees contact.” 2012 Mahi ‘Boundary Farm’ Sauvignon Blanc – 92+ points The 2012 Boundary Block Sauvignon Blanc is scented of pineapples, passion fruit and grapefruit with nuances of baker’s yeast, honeysuckle and toast. Medium-bodied and endowed with a…

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