Mahana Clays & Gravels mixed half-dozen offer
$280.00 inc. GST
SPECIAL MIXED HALF-DOZEN OFFER:
• 3 bottles of Mahana Davey’s Lease Sauvignon Blanc 2015
• 3 bottles of Mahana Woolly’s Corner & Cornelia’s Nine Pinot Noir 2014
Legendary Nelson winemaker Michael Glover’s single-vineyard releases show complexity and character, all whole-bunch pressed and fermented in state-of-the-art gravity feed facilities – powerful and unrivalled examples of the Nelson terroir
Mahana Davey’s Lease Sauvignon Blanc 2015:
Winemaking Notes: There is a degree of philosophy and perhaps politics in this wine as it is made in a very alternative method that many winemakers would find jaw dropping. This wine is really all about using skin fermentation to explore textures, aromas and flavours that I suspect have not been seen before. Along with fermentation on skins at different temperatures we are also using acacia wood to finish the fermentation as well as for maturation. A completely different species of timber that I think has a real affinity with the sauvignon blanc variety.
As soon as you look at the colour of the wine you know you are a long way from the Marlborough template. This wine does not look like water! The nose is striking…. pungent… arresting. It is very complex. The nose is almost ‘gaseous’ like a fresh truffle? There are also flowers there…like a savoury flower? Manuka honey…on and on it goes and does not stay still to be pinned down. It keeps changing.
The palate is rich and decadent. It is actually quite full bodied, broad and soft. There is very little assertive acidity as it sweeps over the palate filling the mouth with a textural brush. The palate goes on and on. This is a serious white wine that, to me at least, is a flag in the sand for the future of sauvignon blanc in this country. It is not one dimensional and simple. It is not ‘just’ a display of cool climate varietal expression…it is a seriously complex and compelling wine that breaks rules, boundaries and beliefs.
Mahana Woolly’s Corner & Cornelia’s Nine Pinot Noir 2014:
Winemaking Notes: When I first arrived at Mahana I decided to ignore what had been thought and done before me so that my initial impressions concerning the potential of the various blocks and vineyards could be as objective and honest as possible. When I gathered my opinions together I researched my predecessors’ winemaking records to see how my thoughts matched with theirs.
In the short time that Mahana has been established it is clear that there are three blocks of pinot noir that have been consistently superior to the other blocks. These three vineyards have displayed power, structure and a strong vineyard expression which I find truly exciting. They are within thirty metres of one another but have quite distinct characters which showcase the very essence of the terroir philosophy.
Here in the 2014 version the two strongest vineyards are blended. In future years you will see them bottled as entirely separate entities.
In this 2014 beast there is a whole bunch usage of 60% and immediately you can identify with the rich seamless nature of this wine. It has a velvet like mouth feel along with cherry mocha characters. It is decadent, earthy…perhaps even carnal?
The wine has spent 12 months in 25% new French barriques before being racked and returned to old barriques for a further 6 months maturation. This is a pinot noir that has a winemaker reaching for his sword.