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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…

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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.

Michael Cooper reviews our latest releases

Twin Valleys Chardonnay 20165 stars Full of youthful potential, this wine was hand-picked at the junction of the Waihopai and Wairau valleys and fermented in French oak barriques. It is full-bodied (13.5% alc/vol), lemony and tightly structured, with strong, citrusy, slightly toasty flavours and a long, crisp finish. Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc 20165 stars Grown and hand-harvested on the lower slopes of the Wither Hills, this is a weighty wine (14.7% alc/vol), ripely fragrant and sweet-fruited, with tropical-fruit flavours, nutty, barrel-ferment notes adding complexity and harmonious, dry, rounded finish. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 20185 stars Benchmark stuff, this aromatic, weighty wine has penetrating, vibrant, tropical fruit flavours to the fore, a hint of barrel-ferment complexity, and a crisp, dry, lasting finish. From winemaker Brian Bicknell, formerly chief winemaker at Seresin Estate, it was grown at seven sites, mostly at the western end of the Wairau Valley, and is drinking well right now. Fine value. Marlborough Chardonnay 20174.5 stars Fruit from four Wairau Valley sites was hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts and barrel-aged for 11 months. It is mouthfilling (13.1% alc/vol), with…

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Wine Advocate reviews our latest releases

Mahi Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc 201692 Points All hand-picked, whole-cluster pressed and barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts, the 2016 Single Vineyard Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc gets the Full Monty. It’s a bit herbal on the nose, then medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a creamy texture. Lush and round, it nevertheless reveals a long, intense finish loaded with citrus, melon and spice. Mahi Twin Valleys Chardonnay 201693 Points From less than a hectare of vineyard, the 2016 Twin Valleys Chardonnay features scents of smoky, grilled sweet corn, white peach and pineapple. It’s medium to full-bodied, with plenty of power and assertive flavor, while remaining elegant and lively on the long finish. Mahi The Alias Sauvignon Blanc 201594 Points Big and ripe, the 2015 Single Vineyard The Alias Sauvignon Blanc is a full-bodied, round wine that delivers plenty of flavor and texture. Hints of smoke and struck flint accent melon and fig notes, all carried along on a creamy joyride into a long, pink-grapefruit finish. Yes, it spent 15 months in barrel, but it’s not oaky, just rich, layered and complex.…

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Mark Henderson tastes our 2016 Twin Valleys Chardonnay blind

2016 Mahi Single Vineyard Twin Valleys Marlborough ChardonnayRating: Excellent to outstanding A little sauvage at first, moving to struck match, pea-pod, Peach, toast and burnt butter. Powerful entry, adding stonefruit, citrus, spice and greengage plum; a little herbal twist adding to the already complex palate with lots of interest. Superb balance, this is in a good place with textural richness and a tangy “sweet and sour” note giving freshness to the close.

Cameron Douglas MS reviews our 2017 Marlborough Chardonnay

Mahi Chardonnay 2017 Marlborough Delicious bouquet of Chardonnay with a mix of gun flint and wood spice, citrus and tree fruits, minerals and old flowers. Palate reflects all of these as flavours loaded with texture, natural acidity and vibrant texture. Long finish, great balance and well made. Drink today and through 2025. 95 Points

Wine Orbit reviews our latest releases

Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc 201694 Points / 5 stars A splendid rendition of barrel-fermented sauvignon; the complex bouquet shows grapefruit, Gala apple, dried herb, almond and flinty characters, leading to a concentrated palate that is brilliantly weighted and firmly structured by crisp acidity. The wine is expansive and multi-layered with juicy fruit flavours and seductive complexity. At its best: now to 2022. Jan 2019. Twin Valleys Chardonnay 201695 Points / 5 stars This is magnificently expressed on the nose showing apricot, baked apple, vanilla, hazelnut and subtle savoury notes, leading to a richly weighted palate that displays excellent depth and power. Refined and opulent at the same time, the wine is wonderfully harmonious with delectable flavours and complexity. At its best: now to 2024. Jan 2019. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 201893 Points / 5 stars The wine is complex and engaging on the nose showing grapefruit, apple, lemon peel and subtle gun smoke notes, followed by a concentrated palate that is finely textured and persistent. A gorgeous stylish rendition offering layers of complex flavours. At its best: now to 2022. Feb…

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Mark Henderson reviews our 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon

2016 Mahi Single Vineyard Boundary Farm Marlborough Sauvignon BlancPrice: $29.90Rating: Excellent Hints of struck match, burnt toast, feijoa, pea and citrus on the nose. Bright and textural palate, real richness that completely fills the mouth adding tropical fruits, citrus and an undercurrent of herbs and wood smoke. A sweet fruit core, touch of chewiness and a very long finish. Completely outside the mainstream, nodding to Europe, and fascinatingly different.

Cameron Douglas Reviews our 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Mahi continues to produce excellent wines at very affordable prices – this SB from the 2018 vintage is no exception. Mahi Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough Vibrant, intense, spicy, fruity and complex attack with aromas of lemon and sweet hay, fresh bell-pepper, a creamy barrel ferment layer, golden kiwi and gooseberry. All these ideas turn into flavours on the palate emphasised by acidity, barrel spice, warming alcohol and a core of varietal lusciousness. Lengthy finish, great balance and immediate appeal. Drink now and through 2023. 94 Points

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