Marnisi estate in Marsaxlokk. 8.1 hectares of land under vine. Shallow terrarossa soil. Vertical trellis system with guyot training for Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and replacement cane pruning for Cabernet Franc. Controlled drip irrigation 6,250 vines per hectare.
60,435 kg of grapes harvested.
Yield: 52 hectolitres per hectare.
Merlot hand harvested on 20/08/1999. Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc hand harvested from 30/08/1999 till 31/08/1999.
1999 was characterised by a very hot summer which resulted in a reduced yield, which was particularly notable in the Grand Maitre vineyard.
Destemming, 14 days maceration, temperature controlled fermentation. 12 months maturation in new french oak barrels
Chicken liver with porcini risotto, Pork Stew
The wine shows average intensity with a medium garnet rim and a garnet core.
Subtle developing aromas of coffee, chocolate, tobacco; and red fruit: red currants and cranberries; oak and leather.
Moderate acidity supported by ample fleshy tannins. Medium bodied with soft fruit: blueberries, red cherries, baked plums and complexities of oak, vanilla, leather and cinnamon. It has warm alcohol and a persistent finish
This well-balanced red wine is already approachable and can keep for at least another 2-3 years.