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.
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.
Destemming, 16 days maceration, temperature controlled fermentation. Minimum of 12 months maturation in new french oak barrels
Roast rack of lamb with rosemary, beef dishes
Moderate intensity with a medium ruby core and a tawny rim.
Medium intense aromas of very soft and mature black fruit: blueberries and black cherries, black currants and a mineral hint of tar and smokiness.
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.
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.