Marnisi
2000
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

71,515 kg of grapes harvested.

Yield: 61 hectolitres per hectare.

Merlot hand harvested on 21/08/2000.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot hand harvested from 28/08/2000 till 29/08/2000.

The 2000 vintage was characterised by a cold, wet winter and hot summer with temperatures peaking at 42°C and rendering excellent grape maturity.

Vinification

Destemming, 16 days maceration, temperature controlled fermentation. Minimum of 12 months maturation in new french oak barrels

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 5.6 Alcohol: 12.8%
Peak Drinking: 2009 - 2015
Food Matches

Roast rack of lamb with rosemary, beef dishes

Tasting Notes:

Appearance

Moderate intensity with a medium ruby core and a tawny rim.

Nose

Medium intense aromas of very soft and mature black fruit: blueberries and black cherries, black currants and a mineral hint of tar and smokiness.

Palate

Moderate acidity matched with well-integrated silky tannins. It is a medium bodied wine with marked levels of fruitiness reminiscent of very ripe blue berries and complex flavours of tobacco, oak, liquorice and savoury nature. Generous alcohol and a highly pleasurable long finish.

Conclusion

A very elegant and well-balanced wine that reflects a successful vintage. It is excellent to drink now but will keep for another 6-7 years.