About Grand Maître
The Collection of Grand Maître Wines comes from Marsovin's private single estate, Għajn Riħana, with the fruit of each vintage being dedicated to one of the noble Grand Masters from the Order of the Knights of St. John. This Għajn Riħana blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc produces very concentrated, full bodied and elegant wines. The aromas are of an intense black fruit character with ripe, integrated and supple tannins. On the palate it shows complexities of tar and leather combined with an oaky spicy character of cinnamon and liquorice. This wine can age for a long time and is also a collector’s item.
Annata Fra Adrien de Wignacourt
50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Cab Sauvignon
Għajn Riħana estate in Burmarrad. 1.6 hectares of land under vine. Deep alkaline soil with calcareous clay subsoil. Vertical trellis system with permanent cordon training for Cabernet Sauvignon and replacement cane pruning for Cabernet Franc. Controlled drip irrigation 9,000 vines per hectare
The 2017 vintage was characterised by normal seasonal temperatures but much lower than average rainfall during the Winter months followed later on by exceptionally warm weather in Spring and much higher than average temperatures during the Summer months. These conditions contributed to an initial irregular rate of grape sugar development which then normalised itself towards the end of maturity giving an overall good grape maturity at a relatively later harvest date and an average yield for this vineyard.
The resultant wine produced portrays the typical characteristics of this vineyard together with a specific vintage style of its own in that it is an already approachable wine with smooth, well balanced tannins and a distinctive complex bouquet of amarena cherries and new oak nuances complimented by some leathery, spicy notes and sweet tobacco undertones.
Destemming, 14 days maceration time, temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation minimum of 14 months of maturation in new french oak barrels.
Analysis of Bottled Wine
Alcohol content 13% vol
Total Acidity 5.9 g/l
No. of Bottles produced for 2017
4100, 75cl bottles
50, Magnum bottles
17, Jeroboam bottles