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 Gregorio Carafa

Vintage 2016

Grape Varieties
50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Cab Sauvignon

The Vineyard
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 Harvest

The 2016 vintage was characterised by exceptionally warmer temperatures and drier weather during the winter months followed, later on, by relatively mild temperatures during the summer months. These conditions contributed to a steady rate of grape sugar development which resulted in very good grape maturity at a relatively earlier harvest date and a lower than average yield, particularly for the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. All these elements have contributed to a great vintage for red winemaking which is evident in the quality of this wine.

 
Vinification
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 2016
4888, 75cl bottles
103, Magnum bottles
17, Jeroboam bottles