A single vineyard wine, one of three chardonnays created by Brian Bicknell and team at Mahi in Marlborough. Pale golden with a lemon-yellow glow in the glass. Crisp, fresh aromas of roast cashew, lime zest and citrus flowers underpinned with a light smokiness and minerality. Medium-bodied with white peach, pear and honeydew fruit, layered with flavours of baking spices and almond croissant.
There’s a finesse and a complexity though to this wine – this is much more than just pristine fruit. A well balanced acidity gives a linear clarity and focus. Add in an enveloping, silken texture (time resting on lees, and bottle age I presume) and all up this is showing a crafted attention to detail and care to what is presented in bottle to the consumer.
Marlborough continues to showcase so much more than what the rest of the world knows it for. First it was the new wave of Pinot Noir and Riesling; and in the last couple of years, critics are certainly sitting up and taking note of the regions other varieties – with Chardonnay leading the charge.
93pts. A real winner.