Antonin Noir
1999
General Description:

Dedicated to Marsovin’s late founder Anthony Cassar, affectionately known as Sur Tonin, Antonin Noir is a Private Estate Selection wine blended from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes harvested at the Marnisi Estate in Marsaxlokk, the first and the largest in the series of Marsovin’s privately owned Estates, intended for the production of premium wines. The fruity characteristics of cherries, blackcurrants and blueberries make this wine enjoyable in its youth while the ageing in French oak barrels gives it a velvety finish on the palate and excellent ageing potential.

Grape Varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
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

60,435 kg of grapes harvested.

Yield: 52 hectolitres per hectare.

Merlot hand harvested on 20/08/1999. Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc hand harvested from 30/08/1999 till 31/08/1999.

1999 was characterised by a very hot summer which resulted in a reduced yield, which was particularly notable in the Grand Maitre vineyard.

Vinification

Destemming, 14 days maceration, temperature controlled fermentation. 12 months maturation in new french oak barrels

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 5.8g/l Alcohol: 12.5%
Peak Drinking: 2009 - 2012
Food Matches

Chicken liver with porcini risotto, Pork Stew

Tasting Notes:

Appearance

The wine shows average intensity with a medium garnet rim and a garnet core. 

Nose

Subtle developing aromas of coffee, chocolate, tobacco; and red fruit: red currants and cranberries; oak and leather.

Palate

Moderate acidity supported by ample fleshy tannins. Medium bodied with soft fruit: blueberries, red cherries, baked plums and complexities of oak, vanilla, leather and cinnamon. It has warm alcohol and a persistent finish

Conclusion

This well-balanced red wine is already approachable and can keep for at least another 2-3 years.