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Compilation of reviews for our 2017 Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir

Sam Kim – Wine Orbit
94 Points / 5 stars

Seductively 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 Chan
17.5+/20   4 Stars

Even 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 to an ethereal finish.  This is a gentle and restrained Pinot Noir with flavours of red berry fruits with herb nuances and some nutty, spicy, resiny oak, the flavours building and showing good tannin support, whilst retaining a prettiness.  Match with wild duck and pork over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit from three vineyards: the ‘Twin Valleys’ in Fareham Road, the ‘Byrne’ vineyard and from Ward, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with 10% whole bunches and 15% with stems after crushing to 13.2% alc. the wine aged 13 months in 10% new French oak barriques. Nov 2018.

Cameron Douglas MS
94 Points

Immediately complex and layered bouquet with aromas of spicy red berries, wood spices of clove and vanilla, toasty barrel and drystone mineral notes. The palate shows off complexity, a core of fruit and minerality, red berry fruits, wild flowers and firm youthful tannins. No mistaking the acid line with contrasting fruit and long detailed finish. A lovely wine, balanced, well made and complex. Drink now and through 2026.

James Suckling
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.

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