Grand Maitre
General Description:

The Collection of Grand Maitre Wines comes from the private single estate, Ghajn Rihana, 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.

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
The Vineyard & Training Systems

Ghajn Rihana estate in Burmarrad. 1.246 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

Yield, Harvest & Vintage Conditions

7,942 kg of grapes harvested.

Yield: 44.6 hectolitres per hectare.

Hand harvested on 22/08/2000.

The 2000 vintage was characterised by a cold, wet winter and hot summer with temperatures peaking at 42°C and rendering excellent grape maturity.


Destemming, 15 days maceration, temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation. Minimum of 14 months maturation in new french oak barrels

Wine Analysis: Acidity - 5.3g/l Alcohol: 12.1%
Peak Drinking: 2009 - 2012
Food Matches

Rare steak, beef dishes, beef Wellington, English hard cheeses

Tasting Notes:


Cork: Excellent condition
App: Clear, pale narrow tawny rim, medium ruby core, medium legs
Nose: Clean, medium intensity of a developing nature of minerality: earthy, smoky, oak: vanilla, charred wood and a black fruit character of black currants and black cherries
Palate: Dry, medium – acidity, medium – level of tannins, velvety tannins, medium + body, well structured, medium + flavour intensity of soft black fruit, leather, liquorice, toffee, vanilla. Medium + finish.
Conclusion: A rounded, well structured red wine with fine-grained tannins, creamy and warming, elegant, well delineated.
Drinking well now, can keep for after 3-5 years (similar to 99 but slightly less pronounced)
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