Although we are independent, there are times when we feel it would be nice to award extra points to winemakers we like and, if that was the case, Brian Bicknell would only ever be awarded golds. Though we have yet to write it up (blush), we had an excellent visit to Mahi last September where we spent a good couple of hours with BB discussing winemaking philosophies, single vineyard wines and if true be told, quite a bit of general gossip. Thankfully, tasting blind means we can’t be influenced by personality.
The 2008 Mahi Alias Sauvignon Blanc has a muted, though complex nose with smokey soft fruits evident. The palate shows good weight and texture, with a certain creamy quality and fineness. There is evidence of some barrel ferment but very subtly done. Sophisticated.
The 2008 Mahi Twin Valleys Chardonnay provoked much discussion. At first it seemed quite tight with only very light aroma. But it opened up to reveal light, fresh lemon and mineral notes, high toned but again with a creamy silky texture. Not as immediate as some but a wine that would be delightful given a quick decant.
Naturally we can’t award extra points for being nice (otherwise we’d also have to do the opposite and there would be some wines that would struggle to get away from the starting block) but these are thoughtful, complex wines that whilst remaining true to their Marlborough roots, manage to stray away from the mainstream.
OTAGO DAILY TIMES - JANUARY 2010
MAHI THE ALIAS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2008
A complex wine, with hints of smoky oak from barrel fermentation, rich and mouth-filling with hints of char-grilled vegetables and nuts, a crisp finish and a lingering aftertaste.
A good food wine, balanced and friendly. Delicious.
4 stars (out of 5)