Mahi 2016 ‘Boundary Farm’ Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Twin Valleys’ Chardonnay

11-Dec-2018

As one of Marlborough’s most experienced winemakers, Brian Bicknell has taken a different approach to making his and his wife Nicola’s ‘Mahi’ wines. Rather than having the typical fruit-forward and up-front style that Marlborough is well-known for, Brian has gone down the path of restrained fruitiness, but greater detail, complexity and sophistication. To do so, he actually intervenes as little as possible in the winemaking process, with hand-picking and sorting, whole bunch pressing, indigenous yeast fermentation, natural MLF and low new-oak regimes. The Mahi wines are truly regionally expressive, and in the case of the single vineyard wines, they express the nature and terroir of their sites. Brian and Nicola are happy to release their wines with a little more bottle-time, which allows the vinification processes settle down, and the true vinous character show more clearly. They are wines that keep well. Here, I review the new release 2016 ‘Boundary Farm’ Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Twin Valleys’ Chardonnay, from vineyards that Brian is very familiar with, and both wines with excellent track records. www.mahiwine.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Mahi ‘Boundary Farm’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Mahi ‘Twin Valleys’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

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