This year Brian Bicknell celebrates the making of his twenty-forth vintage, an achievement that has seen him accumulate experience in not only Marlborough, but also in Chile, France and Hungary. Returning to Marlborough permanently in 1996, Brian identified that individual sites within the region produced markedly different characters.
At a time when Marlborough was considered to be producing wines that hid the diversity of the region, Mahi was born. Brian's vision to showcase the differences and complexities that these terroirs offer, has been exceeded with every single vineyard release.
The 2012 Mahi Sauvignon Blanc shows an array of fruit characters, ranging from citrus through to tropical notes. The final blend was made solely from free-run juice, as we feel it gives a more elegant and subtle wine, a key for us.This is complemented by some secondary characters from the natural yeast ferments and also some barrel aging. The palate has an elegant structure with a creamy, textural mid-palate and a long finish. Each year the fruit is slightly different and so the blending is constantly interesting. This year the barrel and wild portions account for 7% of the blend, which we felt gave a good balance. The fruit intensity allowed this and we will keep assessing the blends on an annual basis, aiming to make ‘real’ wines that express our vineyards and personalities.- Mahi Wines.
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