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Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Mahi translates as “our work, our craft” and in the scheme of things this Marlborough based winery are doing fantastic work crafting single vineyard wines using the varieties that best suit the region. We love this Pinot as it’s utterly varietal, showing red and black fruits, a generous texture and an essential earthiness. The key is letting the wine do its thing without any unnecessary intervention along the way and then you are left with a true reflection of the vineyard. It’s complex and savoury and would benefit by being served with pasta and duck or rabbit ragu.

Winemaker's Notes

The Home Block portion from the Renwick area consistently offers rich dark characters that provide great depth to the wine. The Twin Valleys portion from the cooler Fareham Road area gives us the palate structure that we require, offering fineness to the back-palate. Fruit from our newest vineyard, Ballot Block in the Brancott area, is a combination of red fruits and cherries, and the Byrne vineyard this year gave some lovely delicacy, with slightly more red than black fruit notes.

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Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Fragrant, sappy-edged red cherry, dark Satsuma plum and lifted, crunchy cranberry fruit on display here. Quite sweetly fruited on the palate with plenty of exotic spice, red licorice, mushroom and gamey nuance. A sweet and sour, savoury palate structure, sandy tannin, and bright acidity is on show on the lingering finish.
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Good Wine Guide
91
Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
Savoury and complex, rather than 'fruity', the 2010 vintage is a multi-site blend, hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and matured for 11 months in French oak casks. Full ruby, it is sweet-fruited, with strong cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, earthy, mushroomy notes, substantial body and good tannin backbone. It's worth cellaring; open 2013+.
2011 - 2016
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
As Marlborough pinot vines increasingly reach middle age we'll see more complete wines like this one. Lifted spice, dry herbal complexity and the perfume of a touch of whole bunch fermentation.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
93
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This has a paler colour in the glass and shows a lilting, sappy, strawberry-scented pinot noir nose - really fragrant and pretty wine. The palate's light and easy: simple, ripe and round flavours here, with some essence-like confected flavours to close.
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The Good Wine Guide
91

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