Marnisi
2006
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: 54.5 hectolitres per hectare 
  

The 2006 vintage was characterised by slightly cooler and wetter conditions relative to previous years, with lower than average mean temperature throughout the year and beneficially high rainfall in the Winter months. These conditions resulted in a higher than average yield.

Vinification

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

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 5.2g/l Alcohol: 13%
Peak Drinking: 2014 - 2018
Food Matches

Roast rack of lamb with a herbal infused lamb jus.

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Moderate intensity with a medium/deep ruby core with a pale ruby rim and long tinted legs.

Nose: Medium intense aromas of a sweet spice nature (cinnamon, nutmeg) with underlying herbal (mint), vanilla, smoky and back fruit aromas.

Palate: The wine has a medium body and medium levels of acidity with velvety tannins. Pronounced spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg, black fruit aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants with an earthy mineral finish.

Conclusion: This wine is still immature, it can be drunk now but needs to be decanted for at least 1.5 hours before consumption, in order to really open up the wine’s complex character. Still evolving, keep for a further 7-10 years.