Mahi Pinot Gris 2018
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Item Number: 31026
James Suckling 92
"Attractive freshness is the key to this pinot gris. The textural build also impresses. Plenty of apple pastry and white peaches. Drink now. Screw cap. Publish Date: Monday, October 8, 2018"
Wine Advocate 88
"The 2018 Pinot Gris offers scents of green pears, melons and lime. It's medium-bodied, clean and crisp, without much texture, but it's dry and snappy on the finish. Drink it over the next couple of years."
The Mahi Pinot Gris comes from just one vineyard, just outside the township of Ward in the Awatere Valley subregion of Marlborough. The cuvee was fermented with native yeast and solely from free-run juice to avoid any skin contact and maintain elegance. A portion of the juice was barrel-fermented in older French oak to give greater weight, though ensuring no oak flavor comes through, and the majority of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks. Bone dry, 13.1% ABV. 1,000 cases produced.
In 2001, Brian Bicknell and his wife Nicola decided to start a small winery in Marlborough, New Zealand. Brian had been making wine in various parts of the world for fifteen years at that point, including France, Hungary, and Chile, and he wanted to lay his roots back home in New Zealand. They started Mahi because Brian had a true passion for the great vineyard sites of Marlborough and felt that the personality of Marlborough was getting lost. Starting in ’01 with just a 1.5 hectare parcel, the total production of Mahi is now around 10,000 cases, a tiny amount when compared to the “oil refinery wineries” that Marlborough has become known for.
The name Mahi was chosen as it means “your work, your craft” in the indigenous Maori language. For the Bicknells, wine is their passion and their craft, and they aim at creating wines with texture and a sense of place through sorting in the vineyard of their seven estate vineyards, hand-picking, some whole cluster pressing, indigenous fermentations, and minimalist winemaking.
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