Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
The winemaking at Mahi is deeply focused on expression of individual terroir, regional blends in the traditional Marlborough style are simply not an option. The Mahi team take aim at a wine that satisfies across the palate, Sauvignon Blanc which offers texture and depth, rather than displaying basic varietal fruit. Selection of site is the key, looking for grapes with layers of flavour, to craft a wine with a sense of time and of place, a wine which challenges you to listen and to contemplate, to comprehend that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc are not all created equal.
Parcels of Sauvignon Blanc from several sites are co-vinified alongside a backbone of fruit, hand harvested off the stoney portion of Wadworth Vineyard and a late picked portion from Guernsey block. Bunches are pressed as whole clusters to minimize time spent on skins. Exclusively free run juices are treated to vinification at cooler temperatures to retain the true expression of vineyards. Smaller portions are sent to a selection of seasoned French oak for barrel and wild indigenous yeast ferments, adding to textural mouthfeel and palate weight while limiting the influence of oak. Upon completion, components are assembled into the final wine, aimed to strike perfect balance within the sum of parts.
Light straw hue. Vitally clean nose of citrus and tropical fruits, hints of wild ferment, gooseberry and supple French oak notes. A more subtle and elegant expression of Marlborough, well rounded within a creamy mouthfeel, gooseberries and passionfruit flavours are supported by a dusting of fresh herbs and green vegetable notes. A juicy, lingering and exquisitely clean finish.