93 points James Suckling
"Aromas of crushed wild roses and red cherries abound in this mellow pinot. Smooth tannins grip and build as they go, carrying rich, brambly pomegranate and cherry flavors."
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2017 Pinot Noir includes about 30% whole bunches, which have no doubt contributed to this wine's unique spiced aromas of clove, coriander and orange rind. There are plenty of cherries as well in this medium-bodied red, supported by softly dusty tannins and crisp acids on the zesty finish."
Vinous Reverie Notes
The Mahi Pinot Noir comes from three vineyards. The Twin Valleys Vineyard portion from the cooler Fareham Road area gives palate structure; offering finesse to the back-palate. Fruit from the Byrne Vineyard this year gave some lovely delicacy and more powerful fruit notes. The final portion came from Ward Vineyard, approximately 45 kilometers south of Blenheim, providing great depth to the palate, with rich black fruit characters. In the winery, the grapes were predominantly destemmed before going into small vats for indigenous yeast fermentation. After hand pigeage during fermentation, when finished, the wine was racked to neutral French oak barriques where it aged for 13 months.