Marnisi
1998
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

51,021kg of grapes harvested.

Yield: 44.1 hectolitres per hectare.

Merlot hand harvested on 26/08/1998.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot hand harvested from 31/08/1998 till 02/09/1998.

1998 was characterised by heavy rainfalls during the winter season, followed by an exceptionally hot summer.

Vinification

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

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 5.3 Alcohol: 12.3%
Peak Drinking: 2009
Food Matches

Simply roast or grilled meat like lamb, pork and garlic. Beef

Tasting Notes:

Appearance

A medium intensity showing a tawny rim with a light ruby core.

Nose

Medium intense smoky aromas of a developing nature with coffee, liquorice, leather, vanilla, leather, ripe prunes and maraschino cherries.

Palate

Moderate acidity matched with a good level of ripe tannins. It’s a full bodied evolving wine with a lingering finish. Flavours of soft spice: vanilla and nutmeg, a slight hint of a mineral nature and chocolate undertones.

Conclusion

A rounded and well-structured red wine that is drinking well now.