The summer slowly is coming to end and the grapes are ready to be picked up. If you are a member of the Marsovin wine club you have a chance to take a tour of the vineyard just before the harvesting. That’s what I did when my family was over here a week ago.
The Marnisi estate is located near Marsaxlokk and to be honest it is easy to find although the last turn can be a bit confusing. I booked a tour at 10 am and when we arrived , it started to rain… Fortunately, it was only a short drizzle so we continued with the tour. Our guide was a French lady who was working for this estate. She explained us the difference between two grapes types which could be found there : Cabernet Savigon and Merlot . In order to distinguish the grape type even before trying them, you have to look at the leaves as even though from far away they can look the same, they have some small differences
which makes it easier to figure out which one is which. The Merlot was already harvested but we had a chance to have a look the Cabernet. We learned that this variety of grape has to be sheltered and that is why is located on lower level of the estate, surrounded by Merlot which is stronger and likes the wind.
After the tour, we tasted one of the Cabernet Savigon produced on this particular estate. I am not a big fan of this wine as I like Merlot or lighter wines more but it was full of flavour.
It seems hat Maltese climate agrees with grapes as there is enough sun add the lack of water in the summer doesn’t hurt the crops. No wonder, Marsovin can produce such a delightful and also pocket-friendly wines. My favourite is Palazzo Verdala Moscato-Gingertina, well chilled;)