Marnisi
2005
General Description:

Marnisi is a Single Estate Selection wine harvested from the Marsovin vineyards in Marsaxlokk bearing the same name. It is a blend of four noble grape varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It is a full-bodied complex red wine of great character with a strong Mediterranean terroir. The limited quantities produced are aged in French oak barriques for a minimum of 12 months in the Marsovin cellars. Due to its robust nature and solid structure Marnisi has an excellent ageing potential. Since its inception in the mid nineties, Marnisi has won respect from various wine lovers and connoisseurs around the globe and the reasons for this are evident to the enthusiast.

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot
The Vineyard & Training Systems

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.

Yield, Harvest & Vintage Conditions

Yield: 45.2 hectolitres per hectare

The 2005 vintage similarly to the previous vintage, was characterised by typical Central Mediterranean  winter climatic conditions and cool summer temperature. This led to a slow maturation process and late harvesting.
 

Vinification

Destemming, 15 days maceration, temperature controlled fermentation. Minimum of 12 months maturation in new french oak barrels.

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 5.5g/l Alcohol: 13.1%
Peak Drinking: 2009 - 2016
Food Matches

Full-flavoured dishes. Beef rolls stuffed with dates, raisins and pine-nuts, wild boar

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Medium intensity with a medium ruby core with a wideruby rim and long tinted legs.

Nose: Ripe concentrated aromas of a black fruit nature (Blackcurrant, Blackberries), with underlying complex vanilla, tobacco and earthy notes.

Palate: The wine has medium levels of acidity with expressive dense black fruit aromas which are very well integrated with the oak derived notes of vanilla, spice and tobacco.


Conclusion: This wine is already approachable but can benefit from further bottle ageing of 6-9 years.