Brian Bicknell of Mahi wines will be taking you through a fantastic selection of wines, paired with delightful taste menu from Head chef Steve Hall.
These wines will be available to order at discounted prices on the night
Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Mussel Rarebit Pie
Open Mussel Pie, Bisque Rarebit Glaze, Sour Honey Mussels,
Sweet and Salty Herb Salad
Mahi Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc
Smoked & Seared Scallop, Caramelised Roe Pate
Spicy Pine Nut Granola
Mahi Twin Valleys Chardonnay
Beer Mousse Battered Cod
Salt and Vinegar Cod, Grape Tartare, Curly Pomme Frites
Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir
Peppercorn Lamb Loin
Parsley Pistachio Crumb, Creamed Sweet Potato, Blackberry jus
Brian Bicknell has made wine in the Marlborough region since 1989, so he knows the region pretty well. But he’s also had spells abroad, providing much needed context. Most significantly, he was chief winemaker at Viña Errazuriz in Chile until 1996, when he returned to the region to take the job as senior winemaker at the newly created Seresin.
In 2001, after five years at Seresin, Bicknell decided he wanted to do his own thing. So he resigned in order to start Mahi. But owner Michael Seresin persuaded him to stay, and so for the next five years Bicknell built up Mahi while he still had the day job, making his Mahi wines in the Seresin cellar. Eventually, in 2006 he left and bought a winery.
What is currently the Mahi Winery in Renwick was originally Cellier Le Brun, run by Daniel Le Brun. Le Brun was one of the very first wineries in the region, and originally opened its doors in 1984, when there were just a couple of other wineries based in Marlborough. Along with the winery, Bicknell bought the Daniel Le Brun label and with it 600 000 bottles of sparkling wine. He ended up selling the label and the sparkling wine stocks to Lion Nathan, but kept the winery.
For the first four years all the wines were single vineyard, and this has been an emphasis of Bicknell’s work ever since, aiming to demonstrate that Marlborough isn’t just a single, homogeneous region.