Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - MahiVinarius
The focus for Mahi with the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is to provide a wine that has texture and depth rather than focusing solely on primary fruit notes. Brian wants a wine that satisfies the palate and, as such, employs a number of techniques to achieve this. The Marlborough Sauvignon this year comes from six different vineyards, all of them giving particular attributes to the final wine. The hand-picked fruit was whole-cluster pressed so that the time on skins was minimised. A portion of this juice, 20% this year, was barrel-fermented in older French oak to give greater weight, though ensuring that wood is not evident on the nose. This wine shows an array of fruit characters, ranging from citrus to tropical notes. This is complemented by some secondary characters from the natural yeast ferments and also some barrel ageing. The palate has an elegant structure with a creamy, textural mid-palate and a long finish.