Grand Maitre
2008
General Description:

The Collection of Grand Maitre Wines comes from the private single estate, Ghajn Rihana, with the fruit of each vintage being dedicated to one of the noble Grand Masters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc generally produces very concentrated, full bodied wines of an intense, fruity, aromatic character. The aromas are of intense concentration of a black fruit character showing ripe, integrated, astringent tannins with an animal complexity of tar and leather combined with an oaky spicy character of cinnamon and liquorice. This wine can age further and is also a collector’s item reaching high prices.

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
The Vineyard & Training Systems

Ghajn Rihana estate in Burmarrad. 1.6 hectares of land under vine. Deep alkaline soil with calcareous clay subsoil. Vertical trellis system with permanent cordon training for Cabernet Sauvignon and replacement cane pruning for Cabernet Franc. Controlled drip irrigation 9,000 vines per hectare

Yield, Harvest & Vintage Conditions

7515kg of grapes harvested

Yield: 29.7 hectolitres per hectare


 The 2008 vintage, contrary to the previous year, was characterised by relatively cooler winter  temperatures and exceptionally wet weather with the January precipitation reaching a record 230.5mm. These conditions resulted in an average yield.

Vinification

 Destemming, 16 days maceration time, temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation minimum of 14 months of maturation in new french oak barrels

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 5.4 g/l Alcohol: 13.5%
Peak Drinking: 2016 - 2018
Food Matches

 Char-grilled Filet of beef accompanied with duchess potatoes

Tasting Notes:

 

  The wine is still closed. In its infancy