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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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MAHI ‘WARD FARM’ PINOT NOIR 2012 MAKES THE TOP 50 WINES OF 2014

Wine editor Jo Burzynska’s guide to the 2014 not-to-be-missed wines on the market.   By Jo Burzynska   What makes a great wine? It’s a single question that can generate a multitude of different responses, but for me and this selection for the Viva Top 50, it’s all about personality. What I’ve sought are distinctive wines with real interest that taste of the place where their grapes were grown – a criteria that extends from the wines in the top echelons to those in the budget category.   Most of the wines were tasted blind, with the final line-up chosen on quality, character and diversity. In all but the top 10, their value for money across all price brackets was also taken into account. Wines from the Top 50 are there to be enjoyed in their own right, but altogether provide an overview of some of the exciting things happening in the wines available in New Zealand today. These encompass the best of our popular home-grown varieties through to interesting examples of wines from overseas. Every year I taste thousands…

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RAYMOND CHAN REVIEWS MAHI CHARDONNAY

Mahi winemaker Brian Bicknell has a certain passion and enthusiasm for the Chardonnay grape and making Chardonnay wine, stating that it is his favourite variety, his “plan is to be drinking great White Burgundy as I die” he says.  In both his ‘Marlborough’ and single vineyard ‘Twin Valley’s Chardonnay, he adopts the same low intervention approach in winemaking.  He hand-picks the fruit, whole bunch presses, running the must straight to barrel for a high solids fermentation by indigenous yeasts.  Brian aims for freshness, so doesn’t employ much MLF and the wines spend around a year or so in barrel.  The two wines express ‘a sense of place’ to Brian in various aspects, including the yeast populations involved and the source of the grapes.  Here I review his latest releases, the ‘Marlborough’ 2012 and ‘Twin Valleys’ 2011 Chardonnays.  www.mahiwine.co.nz Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2012 Four clones of fruit from the ‘Cook’ vineyard, the ‘Taylor’ vineyard in the Rapaura and the ‘Twin Valleys’ site, all in the western Wairau Valley, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented with high solids in barrel to 13.5%…

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COMMENTS FROM CAMERON DOUGLAS MW VISIT

MONDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2013 Mahi Wine A visit to Mahi Wine and Winemaker Brian Bicknell – Sunday September 8th 2013.  Brian very kindly opened a few of his whites and a red wine which we then tasted and discussed.  Thank you Brian   What follows are my impressions about the wines tasted – I hope I do them justice!   Before you read them though – I have to say – that the overwhelming theme that I came away with about the Mahi style is that of texture, balance and a sense of harmony in each and every wine tasted.   Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (100% free-run juice; 10% of the juice underwent a ‘Wild Ferment; 12% of the juice was Barrel Fermented; wine rested on lees for 6 months) Nose: Plump, generous and very giving of its bouquet – peach and sweet lemon, a quiet gentle spice. Palate: A reflection of what the nose suggests with a generous and giving voice – the texture is fine alongside a pristine acidity, a gentle spice is evident and a hint…

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