Grand Maitre
2003
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. 1.246 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

5,712 kg of grapes harvested.

Yield: 32 hectolitres per hectare.

Hand harvested on 28/08/2003.

The 2003 vintage was characterised by an above average winter rainfall that generally provided strength and vigour to the wine, particularly for the coming year. The temperatures during summer were well above those of the previous year and sometimes reached up to 40°C.

Vinification

Destemming, 15 days maceration, temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation. Minimum of 14 months maturation in new french oak barrels

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 5.2g/l Alcohol: 12.1%
Peak Drinking: 2014 - 2020
Food Matches

Roast marinated lamb, mixed grill, char-grilled steak

Tasting Notes:

Cork: Good condition

 

Small presence of sediment

 

App: Clean, narrow pale garnet rim, deep ruby core. Long legs

 

Nose: Clean, medium intense aromas of a developing nature: leather, liquorice, dried fruit and ripe black fruit, ribena.

 

Palate: Dry, medium acidity, medium + body, medium + alcohol, medium level of velvety tannins, mineral flavours of earth, black fruit flavours: black currants, black cherries, leather and liquorice. Long finish

 

Conclusion: A multi-layered, complex red wine with a mouth coating and velvety structure, thick with abundant tannins and warming alcohol. 

 

Drinking well now, can keep for a further 5-6 years.