Mahi – Divergent Sauvignon Blanc Styles

With the 2013 harvest, Brian Bicknell will be experiencing his 26th vintage. The variety that has arguably been the foundation of his fine reputation is Sauvignon Blanc, Brian having made some especially successful examples when at Seresin Estate, and now under his own Mahi label. Over the years, Brian has honed the styles he prefers, to make and to drink, and these are wines with less primary fruit, but with positive palate texture, interest and subtlety. One is a ‘regional’ expression made from fruit from a number of vineyard sources providing cooler fruit for subtle linearity. This is seen as the most complicated to make by Brian. The other is a single vineyard wine, made more naturally in some respects, but with more barrel influence, designed to complement the fruit. As Brian says, they are "two totally different styles of Sauvignon, which we use with different dishes at the table”. Here are my reviews of the two Mahi Sauvignon Blanc wines. www.mahiwine.co.nz


  • Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Mahi ‘Boundary Farm’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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