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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…

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JamesSuckling.com 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.

JamesSuckling.com 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…

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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.

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