At Rosé's qualitative zenith is Mazi, a McLaren Vale address that is taking on the Provençal at their own game, with a firm nudge and a wry wink. This is a specialist Rosé operation composed of life-long friends, Alex Katsaros and Toby Porter, together with a suite of stunning wines marked by the right Mediterranean grape varieties, rather than an afterthought of Shiraz or Cabernet. Sourcing is focused on old bush vines. Fruit is handpicked and fermentations spontaneous, sans fining, making for vegan-friendly drinking.
In this pack you’ll find the following wines from Mazi 1 x Mazi Wines Limited Release Rosé, McLaren Vale 2021 1 x Mazi Wines Mavrodaphne Rosé, McLaren Vale 2021 2 x Mazi Wines Mataro Cinsault Grenache Rosé, McLaren Vale 2021 2 x Mazi Wines Grenache Rosé, McLaren Vale 2021
A limpid Provençal coral, this is the fancier rosé resplendent with cork and a dabble of barrel work. Nothing to subsume the wine’s inherent freshness, mind you. More subdued aromatically, yet more intense, conversely, of textural mettle. More herbal, too, with thyme, rosemary and salt bush mingling with musk, red pastille and orange verbena accents. Plenty of push, pull and parry, as the weight of the wine leans and reels against its powdery phenolics and crunchy acid latticework, corralling the flavours and pulling them long all at once. Exceptional domestic rosé.
93 Points, Ned Goodwin
A noble variety from Greece’s Peloponnese region, offering a confluence of Greek involvement behind the label and a Mediterranean aura. A lighter onion skin hue than its sibling. More restraint. Tighter, crunchier and of a sinewy savouriness flecked with pine, nettle and pickled cherry. Long and tensile. Delicate finger plucking over a power chord. The wine to give to a Eurocentric crowd. Vastly superior to the flood of Provençale dross.
92 Points, Ned Goodwin
Well, I didn’t know any Mavrodaphne was planted in this country. The things you learn. Apparently one of their growers let them graft over some Shiraz to Mavrodaphne and Cinsault. Nice.
Something of a bucolic style here, with whiffs of cow shed and sweet grass, but also some floral perfume, white cherry and pink grapefruit. It’s silky and red fruited, a little crunch, coolness to acidity, and a finish of solid length, a subtle orange peel tang in the aftertaste. A little off-beat, but it drinks very well. Like it.
91 Points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
The finest rosé in the country. The caveat: the lighter hued, herb-doused and gently grippy Provençale style is light years away from most Aussie gear. I prefer it this way. One can push the style to the point of flavourless vapidity, but mercifully, these guys aren’t going that way. This is an ode to classicism, the triumvirate of varieties synergistic with the greatest from the south of France, albeit, with some oomph from the Vale. A superlative vintage to boot, exuding scented fruit that is neither too muscular, nor anaemic. Poised. Classy. A musk stick hue. Riffs on glazed red cherry, poached strawberry, Seville orange zest, lavender and thyme. The finish, as reliant on a taper of gentle acidity, as it is on a skein of impeccably tuned phenolics. Long, crunchy and sappy. Superlative rosé here.
95 Points Ned Goodwin
Great to see such passion for rosé from the lads at Mazi. They now make, I think, four different ones.
Pretty, delicate style, red fruits, watermelon, some dried herb and spice. Light and fine-boned, gentle powdery texture, blood orange, crisp acidity, and a pretty long and cool finish. So good to drink.
92 Points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
More concentrated this release, while still harvesting an uncanny poise between weightlessness and concentration, of which there is plenty. A delicate coral hue. More of a rosé for the table, not so dissimilar to the gear found around my old stomping ground of Vacqueyras, where a textural phenolic chew is prized as much, if not more than, mere freshness. Musk stick, red currant, cherry bon bon and orange amaro bitters, with a twist of quinine, thyme and candied citrus peel across the long trajectory. Plenty of grunt, as much as crunch. Provence done one step better, with a solid nudge and a cheeky wink.
92 Points, Ned Goodwin