Mahi Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2015

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Mahi Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2015

16.50

"A superb, concentrated entry-level wine with a strong impression of extract and no finishing tartness." - Vinous, 90 points
 

This is a really smart Marlborough Sauvignon, which has clearly been tinkered with by a very clever winemaker. The trademark notes of passion fruit and elderflower come through beautifully on the nose, but there's a mellowness that keeps the fruit from spilling over into a caricature of the style and that's due in part to the use of wild, indigenous yeasts, which give a natural expression to the wine, and not the 'laboratory' yeasts that are bred to confer specific market research-based aromas. A small percentage of the wine is fermented in barrel, which adds bodyweight and texture, yet the wine finishes with a lovely, crunchy freshness and that's simply down to the perfect ripeness of the fruit. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2019.

Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson: "Fruit mostly from the Wairau but some also from the Awatere Valley. 10% fermented in barrel with ambient yeast, 5% fermented with ambient yeast in tank. The rest inoculated in tank. RS 1.9 g/l.
Very attractive herbal aroma, dry-tasting and with a note of dried grasses on the finish adding subtlety. (JH)" 17 points

Vinous: "(fermented partly with wild yeasts, with 10% done in barrels): Bright, light yellow. Musky aromas and flavors of lemon-lime, pepper and herbs, plus a subtle suggestion of ripe peach. Plush and broad but with harmonious spicy, grapefruity acidity giving the wine lift and firming the fruit. Rather bracing but fully ripe and nicely tactile, even plush, and long on the aftertaste. A superb, concentrated entry-level wine with a strong impression of extract and no finishing tartness. This wine is a blend of seven vineyards." 90 points

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