Marnisi
2002
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

56,963 kg of grapes harvested.

Yield: 49.2 hectolitres per hectare.

Merlot hand harvested on 20/08/2002.
Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc hand harvested from 28/08/2002 till 29/08/2002. Petit Verdot hand harvested on 03/09/2002.

The 2002 vintage was characterised by an exceptionally dry winter. The temperature during summer, especially at night, was mild when compared to previous years.

Vinification

Destemming, 18 days maceration, temperature controlled fermentation. Minimum of 12 months maturation in new french oak barrels

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 5.4 Alcohol: 12.2%
Peak Drinking: 2009 - 2011
Food Matches

Stracotto, salt and rosemary cured beef

Tasting Notes:

Appearance

Pale intensity with a light ruby core and a defined tawny rim.

Nose

Moderately intense developing aromas of soft black fruit: black berries and a mineral hint: tar and smokiness.

Palate

A moderate acidity with thinning levels of somewhat sharp tannins. It is a medium bodied wine with notes of fruity notes of mature blueberries and secondary flavours of a gamey and savoury nature. The wine has moderate alcohol and a medium finish.

Conclusion

This wine may benefit from further bottle ageing which could soften the tannins rendering the wine more approachable.