Marnisi
2007
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: 52.9 hectolitres per hectare
 

The 2007 vintage was characterised by exceptionally dry winter and hotter temperature, especially, during the months of January, February and June, relative to previous years. These conditions resulted in a lower than average yield.

Vinification

Destemming, 17 days maceration, temperature controlled fermentation. Minimum of 12 months maturation in new french oak barrels

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 5.6 Alcohol: 13.5%
Peak Drinking: 2015 - 2020
Food Matches

Full-flavoured dishes: stuffed loin of pork, wild game accompanied by rich sauces

Tasting Notes:

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

Nose: Intense aromas of a blackcurrant and blackberry nature (Pure Ribena!), complex oak derived aromas of coconut and vanilla and spice notes of black pepper.

Palate:  A full bodied wine with medium levels of acidity and ripe, mouthcoating tannins. A complex, multilayered wine from an exceptional vintage with concentrated black fruit aromas of blackcurrant and blackberries which are very well integrated with the oak elements of vanilla and coconut with a spicy black pepper finish.

Conclusion: Due to the quality of the fruit from this historical vintage, the wine can be consumed now but will keep on evolving for a further 10+ years.