Mahi, meaning ‘our work, our craft’, began in 2001, fulfilling a dream for Brian and Nicola Bicknell. With a strong focus on single-vineyard wines, and now backed up by a series of premium regional wines from Marlborough, the idea behind Mahi is to respect and promote the individuality of the various vineyards.
The Mahi symbol represents the strength, life and growth of the native New Zealand frond (fern), with the understanding that wine should never be rushed to bottle, respecting its ability to evolve naturally over time.
“One of the many things that we love about wine is that it is such a true reflection of its place. It is the way that is shows the differences between vineyards that was the inspiration for the start of Mahi. To make wines in as natural a way as possible from great vineyards is a constant enjoyment, and then to see these wines through to the bottle, watch them slowly evolve, and to enjoy them at the table with friends is incredibly satisfying.
Since our first vintage in 2001 we have built together a great group of growers who are committed to their land and to the wines that come from it. We still work with our original vineyard and over the years we have slowly built an understanding of the sites and now see a continuity and typicity in the wines.
With the purchase of the Mahi winery in 2006 we now have a ‘home’ for Mahi, a place to make, and drink, our wines, and a second home for us all.”
It was a long distance romance in the early years of their relationship that set the scene for Brian and Nic Bicknell. Brian was studying viticulture in Australia and Nic was in Canada working in art and design before reuniting in New Zealand in 1986, a sure indication that for the two of them life in wine would never stand still.
After embarking on vintages in Hungary, France and finally Chile, they returned to New Zealand in 1996. Brian established himself as winemaker for Seresin Estate, and in 2001 the ideas and discussions that formed Mahi were put into practice with their first vintage. In December 2006 the purchase of the Mahi winery in Renwick was complete.
Nic’s passion for design and eye for detail means she is continually involved in the evolution of the Mahi look and feel, whilst making sure their children Max and Maia are immersed in the Marlborough culture. Brian’s hands-on experience with over 20 vintages worldwide ensures he is kept very busy, whether it be with Mahi or in a consultants role, with travel, both domestic and international, still playing a major part.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Lively citrus notes as well as tropical fruits such as fresh pineapple and passion fruit.
Brancott Valley, Marlborough
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Honey dew melon and white peach notes.
100% Pinot Noir
A fragrant, spicy bouquet; notes of red berries, mullberries and dark plums.