About Grand Maître
The Collection of Grand Maître Wines comes from the private single estate, Għajn Riħana, with the fruit of each vintage being dedicated to one of the noble Grand Masters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc generally produces very concentrated, full bodied wines of an intense, fruity, aromatic character. The aromas are of intense concentration of a black fruit character showing ripe, integrated, astringent tannins with an animal complexity of tar and leather combined with an oaky spicy character of cinnamon and liquorice. This wine can age further and is also a collector’s item reaching high prices.
Annata Fra Nicolas Cotoner
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 2015 vintage climatic conditions were characterised by an abnormally cold winter spell and good rainfall. Summer started off with a prolonged heatwave, followed by a sudden decrease in temperature and a storm in the first week of August.
Overall these conditions resulted in the latest harvest date in the history of this vineyard and a slightly lower harvest yield. The resultant wine produced portrays the typical characteristics of this vineyard being an already very approachable and pleasant wine characterised by its typical fruity bouquet, velvety smooth tannins and new oak nuances.
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 2015
5050, 75cl bottles
153, Magnum bottles
21, Jeroboam bottles