Marnisi
2001
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

54,792 kg of grapes harvested.

Yield: 47.3 hectolitres per hectare.

Merlot hand harvested on 22/08/2001.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot hand harvested from 28/08/2001 till 29/08/2001.

The 2001 vintage was characterised by a dry winter, with reduced rainfall verging on drought conditions. Summer temperatures before harvest reached 38°C resulting in excellent grape maturity.

Vinification

Destemming, 17 days maceration, temperature controlled fermentation. Minimum of 12 months maturation in new french oak barrels

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 5.8 Alcohol: 12.1%
Peak Drinking: 2009 - 2014
Food Matches

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Tasting Notes:

Appearance

Moderate intensity with a medium ruby core and medium tawny rim

Nose

Moderate intense developing aromas of soft and ripe black fruit: black currants and black cherries with complex aromas of cedar, tobacco, coffee and a slight hint of chocolate. 

Palate

The wine has a good level of acidity matched with abundant ripe and silky tannins. It is a full bodied wine with intense fruit characteristics of a black fruit nature balanced by mineral hints of smokiness. Good alcohol and a long finish.

Conclusion

This complex wine has good levels of acidity, well-defined fruit and generous alcohol. It is ready to drink now but has an ageing potential of 5-6 years.