Mahi Marlborough 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Pinot Noir

Following a number of vintages overseas and in New Zealand, Brian Bicknell set up Mahi Wines with his wife Nicola, in Marlborough, producing their first wines from the 2001 vintage. Brian has three decades of winemaking experience and this has given him definite style preferences in the wines they make. While the wines are authentically expressive of Marlborough regionality, they avoid overt fruitiness, and possess textural qualities that make them particularly suited to accompany food.

Although Brian has worked with the classical Marlborough varieties of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir for all of his winemaking time in New Zealand, and has preferences in style, he admits that the styles and his approach continues to evolve. For the latest release of Sauvignon Blanc, the 2016, he has given the wine an even longer period of lees contact to increase both texture and flavour. With the latest Pinot Noir, the 2015 Brian has increased the proportion of whole bunches, in a vintage which appeared to support this action. Here, I review the two wines. www.mahiwine.co.nz


  • Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

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