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Michael Cooper’s 2019 reviews for Mahi

Marlborough Pinot Gris 20184 stars   The 2018 vintage is a single-vineyard wine, hand-picked near Ward, in the Awatere Valley, and mostly handled in tank; 10 per cent of the blend was barrel-fermented. It is fermented to dryness (2 grams/litre of residual sugar) ‘to produce an elegant, rather that soapy, palate.’. Freshly scented, it is lively and mouthfilling, with youthful, citrusy, spicy, slightly peachy and nutty flavours, showing a touch of complexity, and a crisp finish.  Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 20185 stars – Listed as Potential Classic Drinking superbly in 2019, the 2018 vintage was grown at seven sites, principally at the western end of the Wairau Valley, and mostly handled in tanks; the ripest, hand-harvested fruit (11 per cent of the blend) was barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts. Pale lemon/green, it is a freshly scented, weighty wine, with ripe tropical-fruit flavours to the fore, a herbaceous undercurrent, good complexity, and excellent intensity, delicacy and poise. Fine value. Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc 20175 stars Still unfolding, the impressive 2017 vintage was grown on the lower slopes of the Wither Hills, on the…


Warren Adamson joins Mahi

We are very excited to announce that Warren Adamson will be joining Mahi to assist with our European and Middle East sales and management. As Mahi continues to grow in terms of distribution it means that I cannot manage all of our markets in person, so it is great to be able to bring on board someone of Warren’s experience and calibre.  I first met Warren at Vinexpo ‘97. After spending days on the stands, and evenings around Bordeaux, talking and tasting wine I was amazed to find Warren at the airport, as we were about to leave, reading ‘Making Good Wine’ by Bryce Rankin, a classic winemaking text. I thought at the time that anyone who could talk wine for four days and nights, and still be studying it at the airport, must be a good person and I would like to work with them. It has taken 22 years but my thought has finally been realised and Warren’s role will be to assist our agents in growing both their business and Mahi. After years in this role for wineries such as Jackson Family Wines, Craggy Range, New Zealand Winegrowers and Villa Maria, I know he will assist, rather than annoy, our distribution…

READ MORE reviews our Mahi Chardonnay

MARLBOROUGH CHARDONNAY 201793 POINTS This has a rich and very fleshy feel with beautifully ripe peach and peach-cream aromas, leading to a fleshy, smooth palate that has a supple, caressing textural build. Drink now. Screw cap. TWIN VALLEYS CHARDONNAY 201693 POINTS This has such attractive, ripe and rich fruit that delves into the peach, pear and melon spectrum on the nose with a smooth, pastry and fresh breaddough layer to the palate. This is settled, long and pure. Drink now. Screw cap. reviews latest Mahi wines

Marlborough Pinot Gris 201993 Points Very vibrant and juicy, rich peaches, delivered in such seamless and beautifully fleshy mode. The nectarine and yellowpeach flavors are mouthwatering. Drink now. Screw cap. TOP SCORING PINOT GRIS IN NZ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 201892 Points A flinty and gently funky nose with grapefruit and fresh lemons, this has a deeply juicy and fresh palate that offers a plush and long, succulent finish. Drink now. Screw cap. Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc 201693 Points Attractive, waxy notes with almond milk and a thread of green melon, gooseberries and limes that carry in supple, fleshy and sleek mode. A wealth of succulent, smooth, pastrylike texture to close. Drink now. Screw cap. Marlborough Pinot Noir 201892 Points A very bright and attractive pinot that has aromas of nectarines, peaches and light red cherries with a succulent, tangy palate that draws vibrant, pure fruit flavor on a fresh finish. Drink now. Screw cap.

Latest reviews for the new release 2019 Marlborough Pinot Gris

Cameron Douglas MS93 Points Ripe, fruity, varietal, organic, fresh and real. Aromas of white fleshed fruit, pear skin, leesy spice and a touch of beer. Weighty, fruity, fresh and dry on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose. There’s a complexity too with layers of spice and texture, fruit and lees, balance of acidity and alcohol. Well made, fresh and youthful. Ready to from from today and through summer 2022. A delicious wine. JamesSuckling.com93 Points In other white styles, Mahi’s Pinot Gris 2019 leads the way for this variety with mouth-watering peach and nectarine fruits. Mount Difficulty’s 2018 Pinot Gris displays rich fruit, succulence and long flavor with deep refreshment. These wines show how to deliver the sort of balance that is key to success with this variety. There’s still so much in the way of off-dry, vaguely savory and quite dowdy pinot gris wines being made and few nail the balance of texture, flavor and freshness like Mahi and Mount Difficulty, both of which rated 93 points in this report.TOP SCORING PINOT GRIS FOR NEW ZEALAND Bob Campbell MW94 Points

Bob Campbell MW gives the 2017 Alchemy Chardonnay 94 points

Mahi Alchemy Chardonnay 2017, Marlborough, NZD $39.90 Rich, intense and slightly funky chardonnay with ginger, apple, white peach, bran biscuit and struck flint flavours. A complex, layered wine that gains extra texture from a backbone of fine tannins. Good now but will develop with bottle age. (Screwcap) Score: 94 ★★★★ – view Bob’s tasting at The Real Review Alcohol: 13.5% Ageing: now to 2023 Food: Freshly-shucked oysters with shallot chardonnay mignonette Stockists: Mahi Wines; Point Wines, Auckland (NZ); WineStock – NSW (AU distributor) Ranked: #5 of 43 2017 Chardonnay from Marlborough Awarded: Top Rank

A Word from Simon Wood on Mahi – Start the Revolution!

Recently, I was extremely lucky to be invited to lunch at the excellent Alpino restaurant in Cambridge, to try new offerings from the legendary Brian Bicknell’s Mahi Wines. Brian’s philosophy is to make food friendly wines with minimal intervention – wines that while excellent early drinkers, will also stand the test of time. All Mahi wines are made using solely unpressed, free-run juice, which lends a marked clarity and purity of flavour, and allows them to celebrate the remarkable, and remarkably varied, terroir of the Marlborough area. Ordinarily, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc follow the tried, tested and wildly successful model of drink early fruit bombs – waves and waves of in-your-face, up-front fruit salad. While often nicely approachable and always reliable, they often have a hole in the mid palette. A big belt of WOW, then they fall away. Mahi, however, make the thoroughly remarkable Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc. A Single Vineyard, 100% barrel fermented, 100% indigenous yeast, 100% free run juice, aged Sauvignon Blanc that should be enough to kick start a revolution. It is, quite frankly, an absurdly good wine, and a…


Food & Wine Weekend with Chef Martin Bosley and Brian Bicknell of Mahi Winery at Poronui Lodge

For a truly gastronomic experience, join us at Poronui Lodge for our Food & Wine Weekend with Chef Martin Bosley and Brian Bicknell of Mahi Winery Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October 2019. Martin’s menu promises to be exciting and innovative with wonderful flavours, paired perfectly with delicious Mahi wines. As one of New Zealand’s finest chefs, Martin Bosley fosters a food philosophy inspired by the wealth of great local ingredients available in our beautiful country. He is well known for being able to present the New Zealand culture on a plate filled with diverse flavours and stellar produce.The idea behind Mahi is to respect and promote the individuality of the various vineyards, their soils and their aspects. All of the vines have been low cropped, hand-picked and fermented in the winery with as little intervention as possible. During the weekend get to know your expert hosts at an informal Friday night dinner, test your palate with a special wine blending challenge with Brian Saturday before the Gala dinner and watch the fun and friendly collaboration of two incredible hosts…


Cameron Douglas MS names 2017 Alchemy Chardonnay as Wine of the Week

Mahi Single Vineyard Alchemy Chardonnay 2017 Marlborough95 Points Immediate, piercing and attention seeking aromas of oak, fruit, minerality and wood spices of a young and vibrant new release Chardonnay. Wood spices of vanilla and wine-making suggestions of flint and minerality then grapefruit, white peach, lemon, apple and honeyed quince. Weighty, dry, textured and delicious. What’s so appealing about this wine is the tease and tension of texture from acidity and fine wood tannins, familiar flavours, but in combinations that suggest new versions of fruit and spice as well as a completeness and satisfaction. Drinkable now, but better from late 2021 through 2028.

Mahi tasting at The Lounge

Join us at The Lounge as Owner & Winemaker Brian takes us through an amazing selection of Mahi Wines paired with Chef Kylie Bradley’s exquisite cuisine. Designated parking is available at 111 & 115 Vincent St. Please refrain from parking in front of the Vincent Street Shops Tickets are available at or call (09) 535-1397 to book direct.