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Mahi Marlborough 2017 Rosé and Pinot Gris

08 November,2017

Brian Bicknell of Mahi Wine reports that 2017 was a challenging season in Marlborough and "one that rewarded low crops and having your own winery”. Brian has released the 2017 Rosé and Pinot Gris, both single vineyard wines from the ‘Ward Farm’ site just south of the township of Ward. Brian has had a strong relationship with owners Pam and Polly Francis. It is the coolest site Mahi source fruit from, and it lends the wines a distinctive coastal character. I review the two wines here. www.mahi.co.nz

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Mahi Marlborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

18/20

Bright, light strawberry colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant and delicately expressed with gentle but positive aromas of strawberries and cream, pomegranate and red florals, along with thirst-quenching mineral hints. This has ethereal perfumes. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a softly concentrated core with lively and mouthwatering strawberry and cream fruit with notes of cranberries, pomegranate and red florals. The flavours are up-front and the palate flows along a light-textured phenolic line with balancing dryness. The acidity balances and enlivens the mouthfeel, and the wine carries to a long finish with floral nuances and mouthwatering minerals. This is a softly concentrated, lively and mouthwatering rosé with flavours of strawberries and cream, pomegranate and cranberries with red floral lift, on a soft-textured palate. Serve as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir fruit from ‘Ward Farm’, given two and a half hours skin contact and cool-fermented to 12.2% alc. and < 1 g/L RS. 18.0/20 Nov 2017 RRP $22.90

Mahi Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5/20

Bright, light straw-yellow colour, paler on the edge. The nose is finely concentrated with good intensity and penetration of lifted exotic florals and white stonefruits, with subtle notes of herbs. This is refined in expression. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has delicate, but up-front flavours of exotic florals and stonefruits, with subtle notes of herbs and honeysuckle . The palate is refreshing and lively with crisp acidity, the wine flowing an elegantly packed line with fine phenolic textures. The wine carries with good energy to a light, nuanced finish of florals and minerals. This is an elegant, dry Pinot Gris with exotic floral and stonefruit flavours with hints of honey and herbs on a brisk and refined palate with crisp acidity and a light, dry line. Match with seafood and poultry dishes over the next 3+ years. Pinot Gris from ‘Ward Farm’, free-run juice only, cool-fermented by indigenous yeasts, in stainless-steel with a small portion in seasoned barrels to 13.5% alc. and < 1 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $22.90

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