MAHI TWIN VALLEYS CHARDONNAY 2014
MAHI TWIN VALLEYS CHARDONNAY 2014
- Product Code: 5785
- Country: New Zealand
- Region: Marlborough
- Style: White
- Variety: Chardonnay
- Closure: Screw Cap
- Unit: Each
- Volume: 750ml
- Alcohol: 13.8%
- Grape: 100% Chardonnay
"This wine comes from a small parcel in the Twin Valleys Vineyard, located in the Fareham Lane area of Marlborough. The vineyard is at the western end of the Wairau Valley, on the junction with the Waihopai Valley. The influence of the constant river flow has resulted in the silt being washed away and the soils remaining both rocky and devigourated.
Being some distance from the sea the climate is also cooler. The grapes therefore typically ripen more slowly and retain an interesting mineral character.
The vines are all from the favoured Clone 95 which we have found suits this area as the fruit comes in with good acid balance which we endeavour to retain. The vines were cropped low to ensure ripeness and palate richness.
The vines were cropped low to ensure ripeness and palate richness. In the winery the grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the high-solids juice taken straight to French barriques for fermentation with indigenous yeast. After 15 months in oak we felt the balance was correct and took the wine from barrel. It was then aged further in tank on yeast lees prior to being racked and gently fined before bottling."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"Grown and hand-picked in the Twin Valleys Vineyard, at the junction of the Wairau and Waihopai valleys, the classy 2015 vintage (5*) was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 15 months in French oak barriques. Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling and tightly structured, with concentrated, youthful, grapefruit and stonefruit flavours, integrated oak, fresh acidity and excellent complexity and cellaring potential. Best drinking mid-2018+."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"This is magnificently styled, exhibiting complex aromas of nectarine, fig, brioche, hazelnut and vanilla on the nose. The palate is concentrated and superbly weighted with rich texture and excellent fruit power. The wine offers expansive mouthfeel and layers of delicious flavours, wonderfully supported by elegant savoury complexity. At its best: now to 2021."
5 Stars & 18.5/20 Raymond Chan, March 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues and some depth, lighter edged. The nose is very elegant and finely concentrated with good depth of white stonefruit and citrus fruit aromas melded with soft nutty and flinty elements and a complexing oxidative suggestion, revealing some oak toastiness with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a strong core with deep flavours of ripe white and yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit, interwoven with nutty lees and toasty oak notes. The palate possesses a creamy barrel-ferment richness and is underlined by a fine phenolic thread. Refreshing acidity provides balance, and the wine flows with vibrancy to a long, lingering finish. This is a stylishly rich Chardonnay with stonefruit and citrus flavours complexed by nutty, flinty and toasty detail on a fine-textured, vibrant palate. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked clone 95 fruit from the ‘Twin Valleys’ vineyard, Fareham Lane, Waihopi, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.6% alc., the wine aged 15 month on lees in 10% new oak, then given further time on lees in tank."