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Michael Cooper’s 2019 reviews for Mahi

Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018
4 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 2018
5 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 2017
5 stars

Still unfolding, the impressive 2017 vintage was grown on the lower slopes of the Wither Hills, on the south side of the Wairau Valley, hand-picked, and fermented and matured for 11 months in French oak barrique. Bright, light yellow/green, it is mouthfilling, fresh and youthful, with vibrant tropical fruit flavours, showing excellent complexity, that build to a full dry, very long finish. Full of potential, it should be at its best 2021+.

The Alias Sauvignon Blanc 2015
5 stars

Still on sale, the 2015 vintage is maturing very gracefully. Grown at Conders Bend, near Renwick, in the Wairau Valley, hand-picked, barrel-fermented and oak-aged for 15 months, it is bright, light yellow/green, weighty and lively, with substantial body and deep ripely herbaceous flavours, showing excellent complexity and richness. A thought-provoking wine, it’s well worth trying. 

Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
4.5 stars

The 2017 vintage was hand-harvested at four sites in the Wairau valley, fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels and wood-aged for 11 months. Full of youthful drive, it has fresh, strong, citrusy, peachy flavours, showing good complexity, firm acid spine, and a long, dry finish. Best drinking 2020+.

Alchemy Chardonnay 2017
4.5 stars

Well worth cellaring, the youthful 2017 vintage was grown at Rapaura, hand-picked, and fermented and matured for 15 months in French oak barriques. Bright, light yellow/green, it has a fragrant, complex bouquet, with lifted ‘struck-match’ aromas. Fresh and lively, it is full bodied, with strong, with youthful peach and grapefruit flavours, gently seasoned with toasty oak, and a persistent finish. An elegant, intense, distinctly smoky wine, it should be at it’s best 2021+.

Twin Valleys Chardonnay 2016
4.5 stars – Listed as a Classic

Grown and hand-picked in the Twin Valleys Vineyard, at the junction of the Wairau and Waihopai valleys, the 2016 vintage was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 15 months in French oak barriques. Bright, light yellow/green, it is tightly structured and youthful, with strong, citrusy, slightly toasty flavours, crisp and long. Showing obvious potential, it should be at it’s best 2021+.

Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017
4 stars

The refined, finely textured 2017 vintage was hand-picked at three sites, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and matured for 13 months in French oak barrels. Bright ruby, it is a fragrant, supple, youthful wine, with ripe plum, spice and nut flavours, showing good complexity, and a lingering finish. Best drinking 2020+.

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