Mahi Pinot Noir 2017
Item Number: 31023
James Suckling 93
"Aromas of crushed wild roses and red cherries abound in this mellow pinot. Smooth tannins grip and build as they go, carrying rich, brambly pomegranate and cherry flavors. Drink now. Screw cap.
Publish Date: Monday, October 8, 2018"
Wine Advocate 90
"The 2017 Pinot Noir includes about 30% whole bunches, which have no doubt contributed to this wine's unique spiced aromas of clove, coriander and orange rind. There are plenty of cherries as well in this medium-bodied red, supported by softly dusty tannins and crisp acids on the zesty finish."
The Mahi Pinot Noir comes from three vineyards. The Twin Valleys Vineyard portion from the cooler Fareham Road area gives palate structure; offering finesse to the back-palate. Fruit from the Byrne Vineyard this year gave some lovely delicacy and more powerful fruit notes. The final portion came from Ward Vineyard, approximately 45 kilometers south of Blenheim, providing great depth to the palate, with rich black fruit characters. In the winery, the grapes were predominantly destemmed before going into small vats for indigenous yeast fermentation. After hand pigeage during fermentation, when finished, the wine was racked to neutral French oak barriques where it aged for 13 months. 13.2% ABV. 1,400 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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