Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon 2018
"Ripe nectarine and pink grapefruit notes...plump, mouthfilling and silky in texture, with decent length." robertparker.com
Mahi's Marlborough Sauvignon is a lovely citrusy, tropical fruits style with great texture and depth married with the estate's trademark restraint and elegance.
Fruit for this vintage was hand-picked from seven vineyards, each specifically chosen for its unique attributes in crafting a classic Marlborough style for which the region has become world famous. A portion of the blend was barrel-fermented in old French oak to give greater weight, without giving the impression of it being oaked; the result being a lovely balanced Sauvignon, with texture, fruit weight and acidity in harmony.
Mahi was established in 2001 by Brian and Nicola Bicknell. Previously, Brian had been a winemaker around the world, including France, Hungary, and Chile, but was keen to lay his roots back home, and what better place than Marlborough, where they started with a tiny boutique operation of a 1.5 hectare parcel. The name 'Mahi' means 'your work, your craft' in Maori, and for the Bicknells, wine is definitely their passion and their craft, with a focus on minimalist winemaking and crafting wines with a real sense of place.
"The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc comes from seven sites around Marlborough. It includes barrel-fermented and indigenous-yeast components, as well as 2% Sémillon, and spends six months on its lees prior to bottling. Ripe nectarine and pink grapefruit notes lead the way in this medium to full-bodied wine. It's plump, mouthfilling and silky in texture, with decent length." robertparker.com
90 Points - robertparker.com
Lovely citrusy, tropical fruits nose, with some secondary yeasty elements (from barrel ageing) adding interest and depth. Elegant structure in the mouth, with a creamy, textural mid-palate of fresh fruits, and a super long finish.