A particularly elegant, finely balanced wine. Ripe, concentrated flavours of citrus and nectarine fruit with barrel ferment nuttiness and a slightly creamy texture help to give a subtly persistent weight and finish.
This single vineyard wine is from the cooler western end of the Wairau Valley. The eighteen-year-old vines are planted on a complex soil of silt and clay with large stones. The grapes were hand-harvested between the 29th of March and the 13th of April.
Following sorting, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the juice run straight to French barriques, with fifteen percent new wood. It fermented with natural yeast and was aged in barrel for fifteen months.
Establishing Mahi, meaning ‘our work, our craft’, was a long-held dream for Brian and Nicola Bicknell. A seasoned international winemaker, Brian made Mahi’s first vintage in 2001, and in 2006 they finally purchased a winery in the very heart of Marlborough. It is the texture of these wines that particularly impresses; while far from heavy, they have a sense of substance that places them among the very best in Marlborough.