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DON’T FORGET INTERNATIONAL SAUVIGNON DAY AT MAHI, FRIDAY 5TH

We believe Sauvignon is a classic variety to be treated with respect, so to celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day we are exclusively opening the Cellar Door this Friday. If you are in the area, we’d love you to come down and visit us for a tasting. We have hand-picked a selection of Sauvignons for tasting that feature our current vintages, some aged library stock and a taste of what’s to come. This thoughtfully crafted tasting ensemble is a perfect example of the depth and diversity of this favoured varietal.  When: Friday 5th May, from 10.00am – 4.00pm Where: Mahi Cellar Door, 9 Terrace Road, Renwick Admission: Free Please pass this on to your family and friends or anyone you know that will be in the area and could be interested. There is no need to book, however, you are welcome to get in touch if you are interested in visiting or would like to know a little more, just email Caitlyn at caitlyn@mahiwine.co.nz or phone 03 572 8859. Look forward to seeing you!

A QUICK VINTAGE UPDATE

Just back from visiting each of our vineyards and as we are not picking today, because of the tail of ‘Cyclone Debbie’, it seems a good time to update you quickly on Vintage 2017 at Mahi. Already there are a couple of distinguishing characteristics about this vintage, with the first being that it was a pretty late start. Below are our start dates from the last 11 vintages and you can see that it has been one of our later kick-offs, with the Twin Valleys Pinot Noir andGewurztraminer being the first picked. Average temperatures are above ‘normal’ but sunshine hours, especially in March, have been a bit lower. This decrease in sunshine time has slowed down photosynthesis, which is my favourite, and possibly the most important process in the world, so ripeness has been delayed meaning a later pick. Mahi Vintage Start dates 2017 March 29th 2016 March 22nd 2015 March 20th 2014 March 13th 2013 March 26th 2012 April 7th 2011 March 21st 2010 March 30th 2009 March 27th 2008 March 25th 2007 March 22nd   At this stage…

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2017 CELEBRATION OF SAUVIGNON BLANC AT MAHI

For International Sauvignon Blanc Day we are exclusively opening the Mahi Cellar Door to celebrate all things Sauvignon Blanc. We have hand-picked a selection of wines for tasting that feature our current vintages, some aged library stock and a taste of what’s to come. This thoughtfully crafted tasting ensemble is a perfect example of the depth and diversity of this favoured varietal. Being truly passionate about Sauvignon Blanc we would love you to come down to share the experience, and some thoughts, with us. There is no need to book, however, you are welcome to get in touch if you are interested in visiting or would like to know a little more, just email Caitlyn at caitlyn@mahiwine.co.nz. When: Friday 5th May 2017, 10am to 4pm Where: Mahi Cellar Door, 9 Terrace Road, Renwick, Marlborough

2017 RENWICK COMMUNITY HARVEST PARTY

Love being involved in local events, so really excited for the Renwick Community Harvest Party on Saturday 25th March, from 4-7pm, at Rousehill Reserve. We will have our latest releases available for tasting including the 2016 Marlborough Pinot Gris, 2016 Marlborough Rose and the 2015 Marlborough Pinot Noir. Last year was a lot of fun and it would be great to see you this weekend to share a few nibbles, wines and laughs.

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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YOU’RE INVITED! DINNER AT NOMAD & ALPINO

It’s an exciting time of year, with a busy calendar, and some fantastic upcoming events. Although I’m back in the land of the long white cloud again, I’m on the road and heading up north. Over the course of my travels I’m particularly excited to be a part of two evening events that feature perfectly designed wine and food matched dinners. Take a look at the details below – I’d love to see you there.  A L P I N O   D I N N E R   2 7 . 0 2 . 2 0 1 7 Join us and spend the night Indulging in an exquisite dinner at Alpino in Cambridge. The Chefs have designed six courses inspired to perfectly accompany a selection of five Mahi wines. Come dine with us, we’d love to see you there! Check out more about Alpino here or get in touch to save your spot info@alpino.co.nz N O M A D   D I N N E R 0 6 . 0 3 . 2 0 1 7 First time pairing up with Nomad Food + Wine in Tauranga and can’t wait! The chance to experience a…

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN! EVENTS IN ENGLAND

It’s an exciting time of year, with a busy calendar, and some fantastic upcoming events. I’m back on the road again, heading abroad, and am looking forward to being a part of a number of special evenings. Take a look at the details below. The first leg of my travel itinerary takes me to England. I have been lucky enough to partner up with two organisations and have the chance to show Mahi wines at both. The spots are filling up and it’s set to be a fantastic few nights. P O P   B R I X T O N   T A S T I N G 1 5 . 0 2 . 2 0 1 7 I am finally making a stop at The New Zealand Wine Cellar’s London Store in Brixton. A well overdue visit, I will be there from 6pm-8pm talking about Mahi and all things wine related. Check out more details here or get in touch to save your spot store@thenzcellar.co.uk   H O T E L   T E R R A V I N…

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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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