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My top 3 (Pinot Noir) – Peter McCombie

Peter McCombie MW chooses Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Pinot Noir in his top three when reviewing Marlborough Pinot Noir in Decanter, January 2013. “Brian Bicknell makes Pinot Noir using fruit from 4 vineyards from across the Wairau valley, with hands off winemaking. The result is an accessible style, forward and pretty, with fresh red fruit nuances of spice and flowers. Tannins are fine with a long finish.”  


SATURDAY 22nd DECEMBER – MONDAY 24th DECEMBER For all your Christmas time flower needs. Jeanine Wardman has been creating beautiful floral things under her Verve label for Marlborough locals for some time now, you may have even been lucky enough to receive one of her beautiful bouquets. She will be ‘popping up’ in the Mahi Cellar Door along with an amazing array of festive flowers on the days leading up to Christmas. Opening hours are as follows: Saturday 22, Sunday 23 December 11am to 4pm Monday 24 December 10am to 2pm Eftpos available As a side note, Mahi will also be opening their Cellar Door, so you can come and taste our latest releases and even buy a bottle or two to go with your lovely flowers. You can also pre-order flowers from Verve and collect from Mahi, please place your orders directly with Verve, via the website or by contacting Jeanine on or 027 181 0070.


Nick Stock rates and reviews Mahi’s wines in The Age/ Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine Guide 2013.   Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011 RATING: 92 POINTS “A nicely resolved and balanced wine that has a few additional layers to it when compared to the average competition in this category. Bright, ripe melon and lime fruits here, some passionfruit too. There’s a yeasty thread and added textural complexity thanks to judicious winemaking; great balance, fresh and settled.” Mahi ‘Boundary Farm’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011 RATING: 93 POINTS “Citrus, green papaya and lantana characters abound here with dollops of cream for good measure. A lot to like here with excellent clarity on the palate with lovely barrel rent characters sitting beautifully with the fruit on show.”   Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Pinot Gris 2011 RATING: 94 POINTS “Some lovely, subtle oak influence rears its head on the nose of this wine from Mahi.  There are detailed fruit characters of pear and citrus, some curdy, lees nuance, and lovely, cashewy oak notes that drag you into the glass. The oak adds some structure on the palate,…


Brian presenting @ Christchurch Food & Wine Festival – 8th Dec

If you happen to be in Christchurch on Saturday 8th December why not get along to the New World Wine & Food Festival in Hagley Park. Fifty of the South Island’s leading wineries from Central Otago, Canterbury, Waipara, Nelson, and Marlborough will be showcasing their wines, and over 30 food exhibitors, chefs and restaurateurs will be plating up their best culinary dishes on the day. Mahi will not be exhibiting on the day but Brian will be there hosting a Sauvignon Blanc blending workshop from 3:30pm – 4:15pm. In this hands-on session, Brian will be offering his knowledgeable insights into the different styles of Sauvignon from different vineyards across the Marlborough region and explaining the winemaker’s art of blending. He’ll then guide participants in creating their own individual blend. Bound to be lots of fun, and you never know, you may just unveil some supreme blending skills. For more information or to purchase tickets visit  


eRobertParker #203 – October 2012 Lisa Perrotti-Brown   Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011 RATING: 90 POINTS DRINK: 2012-2014 The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc shows pronounced grapefruit, mandarin peel and lemon aromas with whiffs of fresh herbs. Medium-bodied and offering excellent concentration on the palate, it finishes long and harmonious with a suggestion of texture. Drink it now to 2014.   Mahi ‘Ballot Block’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011 RATING: 89 POINTS DRINK: 2012-2012 The 2011 Ballot Block Sauvignon Blanc displays aromas of freshly shelled peas, gooseberry and pears with hints of dill seed and coriander. With a good amount of fruit concentration that reveals layers of herbs, peach and pear flavors, it remains crisp on the palate with a touch of texture and a long finish. Drink it now while it is this youthful and vibrant.   Mahi ‘Boundary Farm’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011 RATING: 90 POINTS DRINK: 2012-2014 The 2011 Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc is a grassier style wine with notes of asparagus, lime juice and lemongrass plus touches of chalk. Pure, clean and zesty, it has a nice herbal lift that lingers…


SHARED TABLE @ MAHI – Crays & Sauvignon

SHARED TABLE @ MAHI – CRAYS & SAUVIGNON SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2012   Well, we’re gearing up for our third SHARED TABLE @ MAHI and this one has a sense of occasion about it – we’re celebrating the release of our 2012 vintage Sauvignon Blanc. In our books Sauvignon and seafood go hand in hand, so Marcia has worked wonders with the brief and come up with come up with a delicious long lunch menu. Details below.   4 courses + matching wines – $95 per person 12 for a 12.30 start Mahi winery – 9 Terrace Road, Renwick   We hope you can join us. For bookings or for more information contact Gemma on (03) 572 8859 or   MENU tio point oysters bloody mary fish goujons with tartare TO SHARE kingfish carpaccio scallop dumplings with dipping sauce marinated fish tacos half crayfish with parsley garlic butter fries and green salad strawberry mille feuille    


Mahi Winemaker’s Dinner @ Verbena Bar & Bistro Wednesday 17th October, 2012   Looking forward to getting back to Auckland and while I am there I will be hosting a winemaker’s dinner at Verbena  Restaurant.   Head chef Sean Thompson will be preparing a 6 course degustation menu matched to our wines. Both Sean and I will chat about the wine and food respectively.  Can’t wait to see what he has in store for the evening, Sean’s food is always classic, fresh and seasonal.   At  $115 it’s a bit of a bargain too.  There are a few seats left.  If you’re interested in coming along call the restaurant on (09) 483 9571.   MENU Amuse bouche Vanilla cured Marlborough salmon soy sauce, wasabi mayonnaise *** Grilled new seasons asparagus marinated prawns, creamy watercress and parmesan dressing Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Pinot Gris 2011 *** Slow cooked pork hock leek & red onion risotto, fennel and apple salad, crackling Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011 *** Chargrilled lamb tenderloin potato roesti, smoked paprika béarnaise sauce, rocket salad Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Chardonnay 2011 *** Confit duck leg…



Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Issue #164 – September 2012   Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011  RATING: 89(+?) POINTS ($19) Very pale lemon-yellow color. Cool aromas of lime, mint, chlorophyll, white pepper and dusty herbs. Intensely flavored and fresh, with a touch of sweetness to the deep flavors of pineapple, grapefruit and mint. Not hugely long but sappy, clean and bright. And still holding something back.   Mahi ‘Ballot Block’ Sauvignon Blanc 2009  RATING: 91 POINTS ($30) Pale bright yellow. Distinctly wild aromas of soft citrus fruits, dusty stone, white pepper, lavender and complex spices. Dense and spicy on the palate, with a sexy wild yeast character making this wine more interesting than the overwhelming majority of Marlborough sauvignons. Full and broad but not at all heavy. Finishes high-pitched and very long. I’d like to come back to this again in a year.   Mahi ‘Marlborough’ Pinot Noir 2010 RATING: 90 POINTS ($30) Bright cherry-red. Highly aromatic fruit bomb of a nose: cherry, raspberry and strawberry, with a faintly high-toned wild element. Then juicy more than fleshy in the mouth,…


SHARED TABLE @ MAHI – A la Grecque

Sunday 2nd September (Father’s Day) We’d like to thank everyone who came along to our inaugural SHARED TABLE @ MAHI last month, it was a huge success and a lot of fun. When you’re onto a good thing its best not to stop, so with that in mind we thought we’d hold another casual Sunday lunch to celebrate the beginning of spring… so we’ve decided to do a traditional roast lamb shoulder but a little bit different and cook it Greek style. Marcia will be working her magic for us again so you’re in for a treat, the full menu is below. 4 courses + matching wines – $95 per person 12 noon for 12.30 pm start Mahi winery – 9 Terrace Road, Renwick Also, if you’d like to bring a bottle to be shared with your table, or to have by the fire after lunch you’re more than welcome to. There will also be Mahi wines available for purchase. The last lunch sold out pretty quickly so if you’re interested best to get in quick as seats are limited.…



FOOD & WINE WEEKEND @ PORONUI – SOLD OUT Martin Bosley & Mahi 12-14 October 2012   Join acclaimed chef and owner of Martin Bosley’s, who will present a gala degustation dinner in Poronui’s atmospheric underground wine cellar. Martin is one of New Zealand’s most awarded chefs and is constantly innovating his masterful and internationally acclaimed style. The Saturday night dining experience is always held in the wine cellar. Brian will share his expertise with you throughout the meal and Martin will join the table when he is finished in the kitchen. Tariff:NZ$1,650 per couple, including GST, provides two nights accommodation, all meals including the dinner Friday night, the Gala Degustation Dinner Saturday night with matched wines, country breakfast each morning and picnic lunch on Saturday. These events always sell out quickly, so don’t delay, call Eve or Claire on +07 384 2080 or email