Perhaps the most texturally enticing of all the grape varieties, and a total passion for us at Mahi. Again our aim is to make wines of the earth, showing complex savouriness characters aligned with both red and black fruit notes.

This wine comes from FOUR vineyards throughout Marlborough, all lending different characters to the wine.

The Home Block portion from the Renwick area consistently offers rich dark characters that provide great depth to the wine. The Twin Valleys portion from the cooler Fareham Road area gives us the palate structure that we require; offering finesse to the back-palate. Fruit from our newest vineyard, Ballot Block in the Brancott area, is a combination of red fruits and cherries, and the Byrne vineyard this year gave some lovely delicacy, with slightly more red than black fruit notes.

In the winery the grapes were destemmed before going to small vats for cold soaking prior to fermentation, allowing the extraction of soft tannins and colour at the juice stage rather than in the harsher alcoholic stage during and after fermentation. The grapes were then fermented solely with indigenous yeasts offering a wide variety of flavours and helping us to attain great texture.

During fermentation the skins and juice were hand-plunged on average three times per day. When finished the wine was taken straight to French barriques where it sat for 11 months. The wine was then gently racked, blended, and lightly fined with organic egg whites before bottling.

Variety: Pinot Noir
Winegrowing Team: Brian Bicknell, Pat Patterson, our focussed growers and brilliant vintage staff
Alcohol: 14.0 %
Titratable acidity: 6.2 g/L
Residual sugar: 1.9 g/l
Brix at harvest: 22.8 - 24.4
Harvest: Handpicked, 6th - 24th April 2010