Antonin Noir
2001
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

54,792 kg of grapes harvested.

Yield: 47.3 hectolitres per hectare.

Merlot hand harvested on 22/08/2001. Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc 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. 12 months maturation in new french oak barrels

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 5.6g/l Alcohol: 12.5%
Peak Drinking: 2009 - 2013
Food Matches

Stewed pork, venison terrine, Grilled Tuna

Tasting Notes:

Appearance

Moderate intensity displaying a garnet rim and a medium ruby core with slightly tinted tears.

Nose

Moderate intense developing aromas of a red fruit character: redcurrant and cranberry; mineral, earthiness, oak, vanilla, leather and slight vegetal hint: grass and wet leaves.

Palate

Moderate acidity well integrated with plentiful yet supple ripe tannins. A medium bodied wine with abundant red fruit character of raspberries, cranberries combined with oak, leather, ginger and smoke. It has a good level of alcohol and a persistent finish.

Conclusion

A well structured wine with good integration of earthy mineral hints. Will keep for another 4-5 years.