About Grand Maitre
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.

 

 

Annata Fra Ramon Perellos y Roccaful

Vintage 2018

Grape Varieties
50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Cab Sauvignon

The Vineyard
Ghajn Rihana Estate located at the foothills between Bidnija and Wardija. 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 2018 vintage was characterised by a cold and windy winter, a warmer than usual spring and average summer temperature. The warmer spring temperature resulted in an early but smooth grape ripening and excellent concentration of colours and flavours. The resultant wine produced portrays the typical characteristics of this vineyard together with a specific vintage style of its own, in that it is already an 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 undernotes

 


 

Vinification
Destemming, 16 days maceration time, temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation minimum of 14 months of maturation in new french oak barrels.

Analysis of Bottles Wine
Alcohol content 13% vol
Residual Reducing Sugars 2.2 g/l
Total Acidity 5.2 g/l

 


 

No. of Bottles produced for 2018
2800, 75cl bottles
40, Magnum bottles
22, Jeroboam bottles