Ulysses Shiraz
2004
General Description:

Dedicated to the cleverest hero in ancient Greek Mythology, Ulysses is Marsovin’s first Gozitan Shiraz, produced entirely from hand picked grapes harvested in family owned vineyards in Gozo. These vineyards are found in the vicinity of the picturesque Xaghra Valley in Gozo, a stone throw away from Calypso’s cave where Ulysses was believed to have lived for 7 years with the nymph Calypso after being shipwrecked on the island.

Grape Varieties: Shiraz
The Vineyard & Training Systems

Selected farmer's vineyards in Xaghra. Vertical trellis system, Cordon pruning and controlled drip irrigation for Shiraz.

Yield, Harvest & Vintage Conditions

Hand harvested on 26/08/2004.

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, days fermentation, temperature controlled fermentation

Wine Analysis: Alcohol:13%
Peak Drinking: 2009-2010
Food Matches

Bbq meats, hard cheeses, medium-spiced dishes

Tasting Notes:

Appearance 

Medium intensity with a fading ruby core and slightly tawny hint showing development. 

Nose 

Moderate developing aromas of cooked fruit: baked plums, jamminess; spicy and herbal with nuances reminiscent of mint.

Palate 

Soft acidity with silky, mature tannins. Developing flavours of overcooked black fruit: blueberries and a creamy mouth coating texture.

Conclusion 

It is ready to drink now but can keep for a further 1-2 years.

 
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