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Reviews on our 2016 Marlborough Chardonnay

Raymond Chan18.0/20   4 StarsBright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little pale-edged.  The nose is softly packed with deep, rounded aromas of savoury white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle citrus fruit notes melded harmoniously with a layer of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, unfolding smoke and mouthwatering mineral detail.  Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with a softly concentrated core of integrated flavours of stonefruits, citrus fruits, and creamy, nutty oak.  The mouthfeel is rounded and smooth-flowing,with balanced, refreshing, background acidity. This has good linearity and the wine carries to a taut, lingering finish.  This is an elegant and softly concentrated Chardonnay with flavours of stonefruits integrated with nutty oak on a balanced, refreshing palate.  Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4 years.  Fruit from four vineyards: the ‘Cook’vineyard, the ‘Taylor’ in Rapaura, the ‘Twin Valleys’ and a small portion of clone 166 from the ‘Mahi’ home block, hand-picked and WBP, fully indigenous yeast fermented with high solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months on lees in 8% French oak with 40% MLF.  18.0/20 …


First thoughts on our 2016 Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc

Cameron Douglas90 PointsThe bouquet suggests a wine that has just enough bottle-development and complexity and now ready to enjoy. Aromas and flavours of red apple and lemon, grapefruit and spice. A mix of wild flowers and crushed rock mineral layers add complexity. There’s also tension on the palate with a fine phenolic grip accentuated by acidity. Overall balanced and lengthy finish.Drink now and through 2021. Raymond Chan18.5+/20   5 StarsBright straw-yellow colour with green-gold hues, a little lighter on the rim.  The nose is finely concentrated with a firm and well-packed core with an amalgam of white and green stonefruits and subtle notes of dark and fresh herbs, along with integrated flinty and minerally reductive complexities.  Piquant greengage and nectarine nuances emerge with aeration.  Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate possesses a degree of elegance in its proportions, with very good depth and tightly bound and intense flavours of sweet, green stonefruits and herbs.  The fruit is complexed by a subtle layer of flint and minerals which adds detail.  The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with bright acidity, and…


First look at our 2016 Twin Valleys Chardonnay

Cameron Douglas94 PointsAttractive bouquet,integrated and complex with aromas of roasted yellow stone fruits, baked apple,grapefruit peel, sweet tobacco, vanilla and toasty barrel-wood. Dry, smooth and silky creamy on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose, a light sweet oak layer highlighting the oak, vanilla and orchard fruits (described). Medium acidity, medium+ weight, balanced and well-made with a nice lengthy finish. Drink now and through 2024. Raymond Chan19.0-/20   5 StarsLight, golden-hued straw-yellow colour with slight green hues and some depth, lighter on the edge.  The nose is well-proportioned with up-front and full aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle notes of citrus fruits, and an amalgam of nutty lees and oak, some flinty and mineral complexities and hints of creamy barrel-ferment elements, unfolding a little smoke.  The aromatics show concentration and depth.  Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich flavours of white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle citrus fruit notes melded with complexing flint and mineral elements,unfolding nutty and delicate toasty oak suggestions.  The flavours are mouthfilling with a rounded,but concentrated core, and lacy acidity lends energy…


Compilation of reviews for our 2017 Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir

Sam Kim – Wine Orbit94 Points / 5 starsSeductively complex, the wine shows dark fruit, olive, earthy mushroom, warm spice and almond characters on the nose,leading to a concentrated palate that is expansive and silky. It is wonderfully styled and displays excellent depth and savoury nuances, together with plenty of polished tannins. At its best: now to 2022. $35.00. Nov 18. Raymond Chan17.5+/20   4 StarsEven ruby-red colour with some depth,lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. The nose is a little restrained in expression with soft and integrated aromas of dark-red berry fruit interwoven with subtle dark herb notes and spicy, nutty oak and a hint of oak resin. This is all gentleness and finesse and the aromatics grow in intensity with aeration.  Medium-full bodied the palate has restrained flavours of red berry fruits entwined with a hint of dark herbs entwined with spicy, nutty oak and a touch of oak resin.  The flavours grow in intensity and depth in the mouth.  The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin structure providing good grip and texture, with soft,balancing acidity.  The wine carries…



So pleased and honoured to have featured in the Top 600 Wines List from New Zealand in’s annual tasting. Have a read of the reviews below! MAHI MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017 93 Points Some attractive, waxy dried florals here, nicely steered into more complex territory. This has an attractively fresh palate that delivers a punchy, lime finish. Drink now. Screw cap. MAHI MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS 2018 92 Points Attractive freshness is the key to this pinot gris. The textural build also impresses. Plenty of apple pastry and white peaches. Drink now. Screw cap. MAHI MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2017 93 Points Aromas of crushed wild roses and red cherries abound in this mellow pinot. Smooth tannins grip and build as they go, carrying rich, brambly pomegranate and cherry flavors. Drink now. Screw cap.

Prime Wines Spring Summer Tasting

Looking forward to sharing some Mahi Wines in Melbourne this month alongside a host of excellent producers. Check out the details and hope to see you there! When: Tuesday 30th October, 4pm – 7pm Where: Reunion Island, Level 3 Melbourne Central


2018 Mahi Marlborough Pinot Gris Rating: Very good Youthful yeast esters, struck match, a stony/saline note with stonefruits building. Sherbet and pear on the tighter, chewy palate which accents its stony, minerally side, tending to the savoury/saline spectrum. Medium weight, the fruit growing with aeration, as it develops a tangy, sweet and sour feel through the close.


Mahi Marlborough Rosé 2018 5 stars Bright, very pale candyfloss pink with slight purple tints, near colourless on the rim.  The nose is gently fragrant with aromas of strawberries and cream, perfumed red florals and a subtle amalgam of herbs, confectionary and suggestions of fresh fermentation esters.  The aromatics are beautiful in expression.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has bright, juicy and fragrant fruit flavours of strawberries and cream, with cherries and fragrant florals, along with delicate notes of confectionary forming a fine, elegant core.  The wine flows along a fine-textured line with thirst-quenching acidity providing energy.  The wine carries to a long, lingering, aromatic, mouthwatering finish.  This is a beautifully fragrant dry rosé with strawberries and cream, cherries, florals and subtle confectionary notes on a thirst-quenching palate.  Serve as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 2 years.  100% Pinot Noir from the ‘Winery’ site and the cooler end of the Brancott Valley, given 2 hours skin contact and cool-fermented in tank to 13.7% alc. and 1.8 g/L RS.  18.5-/20  Aug 2018 Mahi Marlborough Pinot Gris…



When I asked Brian Bicknell of Mahi to show me his place for this column, he suggested that instead of his house he’d like to show me his boat, a century-old kauri motor launch, Kereru. “The thing I like about it, it’s the same with wine. I love the history of it, the people who have been on it. I love the idea — and it’s sort of like the snail on our label — you can’t rush on this boat,” he says. He also appreciates the craftsmanship that went into building the boat. It reflects the name he chose for his wine, ‘Mahi’, which means ‘our work, our craft’. Built about 1911 by Auckland shipbuilding firm Charles Bailey, the narrow, 35-foot motor launch caught his wife Nicola’s eye when they went to Picton to look at another boat about 12 years ago. “Nic looked across and said ‘that’s a nice one’. We liked the look of it, loved the history, and knew it would be good for our children, and it has been,” he said. Its sleek lines showed…



Mahi Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Marlborough 92 Points Ripe, fruity, varietal and engaging with aromas and flavours of citrus and tropical fruits, sweet hay and mild spice notes. Dry, spicy, fruity, tense and complex. A lovely wine with texture at the core of the palate experience – vibrant, mealy and fine. Abundant acidity highlights citrus – especially heirloom Meyer lemon then white peach flavours with some tropical fruit flavours emerging soon after. A lovely wine with a complex lengthy finish. Great balance. Drink now and through 2022.