Mahi 2015 Marlborough and Twin Valleys Chardonnays

The Chardonnay variety has always been a firm favourite for Brian Bicknell of Mahi to make. The staff and clientele sense Brian’s love of the variety and have come to appreciate his passion for the wines and thus, Chardonnay has become important and fun for them too. Brian approaches the making of his Chardonnay wines with the same philosophy and techniques. The fruit is hand-picked and sorted, with whole bunches pressed without crushing to give relatively clean and clear juice. The indigenous yeast barrel fermentation involves high solids which oxidises a little for complexity. There is no protein fining, and only the free-run portion used for the wines. Minimal new oak ensures the wines’ vinosity prevails. The ‘Marlborough’ wine is a blend of vineyards, and is always complex and textural, whereas the ‘Twin Valleys’ bottling is from a cooler single vineyard, thus more individual and showcasing elegance and fresh acidity that the site inherently gives. Here, I review the 2015 vintages of these two Chardonnay wines.


  • Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2015
  • Mahi ‘Twin Valleys’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2015

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