Antonin Noir
2004
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

45,344 kg of grapes harvested.

Yield: 39.2 hectolitres per hectare.

Merlot hand harvested on 30/08/2004. Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc 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. 12 months maturation in new french oak barrels

Wine Analysis: Acidity: 4.9g/l Alcohol: 12.6%
Peak Drinking: 2009 - 2014
Food Matches

Stuffed wild duck, grilled lamb with brown sugar glaze, spiced lamb shanks.

Tasting Notes:

Appearance

A quite intense colour displaying a deep ruby core with a hint of garnet on its thin rim.

Nose

Pronounced intensity of developing mature red fruits: maraschino cherries, ripe strawberries, plums and nuances of smoke, cedar wood and charred wood. 

Palate

Soft acidity and medium levels of somewhat high but still rough edged tannins. Full body with pronounced fruitiness of soft and mature fruit: over-ripe strawberries and cranberries, tobacco, coffee and a lightly gamey hint.

Conclusion

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