Marnisi
2004
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

45,344 kg of grapes harvested.

Yield: 39.2 hectolitres per hectare.

Merlot hand harvested on 30/08/2004.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot hand harvested from 06/09/2004 till 09/09/2004.

The 2004 vintage was characterised by average winter climatic conditions and a particularly cool summer, with the average temperature for July being as much as 3°C lower than the average for the month. This led to a prolonged maturity, giving particularly well structured, balanced wines.

Vinification

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

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 5 Alcohol: 13.1%
Peak Drinking: 2009 - 2016
Food Matches

Confit of rabbit accompanied with a thyme and juniper berry sauce on a bed of fresh polenta.

Tasting Notes:

Appearance

Moderate intensity with a medium ruby core with a light ruby wide rim and long legs.

Nose

Concentrated developing aromas of intense black fruit characteristics: bramble fruit, black cherries and blackberries, cedar wood and smoke.

Palate

The wine has medium levels of acidity with silky ripe tannins. It is a full bodied wine with pronounced fruitiness of a black fruit nature underlined by oak, ginger and toast flavours. 

Conclusion

This wine is already approachable but can definitely benefit from further bottle ageing of 6-7years.