The Wines with the Island Effect
The Maltese archipelago is situated in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea and consists of three islands, namely Malta, Gozo and Comino. The main island is Malta with its capital city Valletta where the country's administration is located. Gozo is the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago. It is topographically different from Malta and is characterized by its flat topped hills and valleys. This geological environment has rendered Gozo Wines very particular and therefore they have a separate DOK protocol from that of Malta DOK Wines. The two main Gozitan valleys are the Ramla and Marsalforn Valleys where Ta' Mena vineyards are located. They pass through the island from the southern part to the northern coast creating a particular micro-climate that offers very well suited climatic and geological conditions for the growing of grapes for high quality wines. Gozo, as a smaller island, is more exposed to cool north-westerly and westerly winds thus having a temperate climate. The soil element in all Gozo wines manifests itself as a very slight bitterness in the aftertaste, which contributes to character and specificity. In general, a good Gozo wine should show character, robustness as well as balance. Indeed it is the latter characteristic which can render Gozo wines unique. Moreover, our wines present an island effect characterized by traces of salt which is a bonus as far as flavour enhancement of the wine is concerned.
HISTORY Wine production in the Maltese Islands precedes the Roman domination of the Mediterranean and can be traced to the Phoenician/Punic period. This is clearly evidenced by recent excavations at Mgarr ix-Xini in Gozo with ancient wine presses dating back to around 1000 BC.
In 1971, Carmena Spiteri, our late mother, set up the Ta' Mena Estate in the Marsalforn Valley with her husband Frank. She worked hard to purchase and cultivate the land until her pre-mature death in 1986, when the project was partially shelved. In 2002, the Spiteri Family decided to regenerate and enlarge their estate, thus realizing their late mother's dream of integrating agriculture with tourism so that one sector sustains the other. Today the estate covers around 25 hectares of land. In 2007, Ta' Mena Estate started to produce wine from grapes produced in our own estate. We continually control the process from the vine to the bottle by practicing rigid green pruning and traditional methods in our vineyard and the best wine producing practices.
MARSAMENA RANGE The name Marsamena is inspired from the Marsalforn Valley where our estate is located and also from the name of our mother, Carmena Spiteri, better known as Mena. It is through her determination that we created these two fruity and full bodied wines that reflect the Gozitan character.
MARSAMENA WHITE Gozo D.O.K 'Riserva' Barrel Fermented Chardonnay This barrique-fermented Chardonnay is produced from hand-picked grapes from the Ta' Mena Vineyards in the Ramla Valley. The micro climate of this valley and the vicinity of the vineyards to the Mediterranean Sea render this Chardonnay very particular. The so called 'Island Effect' characterised by traces of seasalt, is very present in this wine. It is fermented in new French Oak Barrels and then left to mature for six months in the same barrels to produce a full bodied Chardonnay with hints of tropical fruit and vanilla. After bottling it is left to mature in our cellars for a minimum of another 18 months before it is released on the market. The soft oak taste character renders it to be considered as a white wine with a red wine structure. In fact this wine can be aged for about ten years. It is best served at 10째C and is a must with rich fish and white meat dishes.
MARSAMENA RED Gozo D.O.K 'Rizerva' Barrel Aged Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Serkuzan and Syrah Marsamena is produced from a selection of five grape varieties which are hand-picked exclusively from the Ta' Mena Estate in the Marsalforn Valley. This special blend is matured in new French Oak barrels for 12 months after fermenting and aging for eight months in stainless steel tanks. It is slightly filtered to preserve its particular toasted and spicy aromas and flavours. After bottling it is kept for at least eight months in our cellars before is it released on the market. It presents a mature round body on the palate with a long after taste. It is best served at 18°C with delicate dishes and is a must for special occasions.
ANCIENT GODS RANGE Inspired by our ancient history, still present in Gozo thanks to prehistoric temples and caves, this range reminds some gods of the Greek mythology namely: Aris the God of War, Juel one of the gods connected with the Ggantija Temples, Arion an immortal horse, Zelus the God of Rivalry and Envy.
ARIS Gozo D.O.K 'Superior' Chardonnay This wine is produced from hand-picked grapes grown in our vineyards in the Ramla Valley. The average yield is 50 hL per hectare. It is fermented and matured for 9 months in stainless steel tanks in rigidly controlled temperatures. It presents a typical full bodied Mediterranean character with a very good after taste structure. The 'Island Effect' characterised with traces of sea-salt is very present in this white wine. This Chardonnay is best served at 8째C. It can be a very refreshing aperitif especially during the hot summer months.
JUEL Gozo D.O.K 'Superior' Vermentino This Vermentino wine is produced from handpicked grapes with an average yield of 50 hL per hectare. It is grown in the Ta' Mena Vineyards in the San Raflu Valley which overlooks the famous Azure Window. It is fermented and matured for 6 to 9 months in stainless steel tanks in rigidly controlled temperatures. It presents a typical Gozitan character due to its island effect presenting traces of salt. It is pleasant on the palate thanks to a nice acidity and refreshing flavours with a good after taste structure. It is best served at 8째C and is very refreshing during the summer months.
ARION Gozo D.O.K 'Superior' Merlot and Cabernet Franc This Gozo Red Wine is produced from selected grapes with an average yield of 47 hL per hectare from the vineyards of Ta' Mena Estate in the Marsalforn Valley. The Maltese particular climate and sunny conditions render this wine fruity and full bodied. It has a very intense red colour, is well balanced and has a peppery long after taste. It is best served at 17째C and is at its best during parties and receptions.
ZELUS Gozo D.O.K 'Superior' Syrah This Gozo Red Syrah is produced from selected grapes with an average yield of 47 hL per hectare from the Ta' Mena vineyards in Marsalforn Valley. It is fermented and matured for 12 months in stainless steel tanks. It is a dry and full bodied wine with delicate tannins presenting a deep red colour with a very long after taste. It is best served at 17째 with red meat dishes and rich and delicate desserts.
WIND RANGE The particularity of our Gozo DOK Wines is due to the so called 'Island Effect' characterised by traces of sea-salt blown into our vineyards by the different winds coming from all directions. We have named these wines after some of the most important winds namely: Maestral Gregal Tramont Sciroc
the North West Wind. the North East Wind the North Wind the South East Wind
MAESTRAL I.G.T Vermentino This medium dry white wine is produced from selected hand picked grapes. It is fermented and aged in strictly controlled temperatures for a minimum of eight months to preserve the particular Mediterranean aromas. It presents a fresh and aromatic white wine suitable for frequent drinking especially during the warm summer months. It is best served at 8째C with light pasta and fish dishes.
GREGAL Gozo D.O.K Rosé Merlot, Grenache and Tempranillo This Rosé wine is produced from selected grapes handpicked from the Ta' Mena Estate vineyards at Marsalforn Valley. It is fermented and matured for 8 months in stainless steel tanks in rigidly controlled temperatures. It has a deep rosé colour and presents a medium bodied fruity Mediterranean character. It is well balanced on the palate with a good after taste structure. This Rosé wine is best served at 8-10°C and is very refreshing in the hot summer months.
TRAMONT Gozo D.O.K 'Superior' Serkuzan and Syrah This red wine is produced from hand-picked selected grapes with an average yield of 47 hL per hectare from the Ta' Mena Estate in the Marsalforn Valley. It is fermented and matured for 12 months in stainless steel tanks. After bottling it is aged for at least one year in our cellars. It presents a dry and full bodied Mediterranean taste with delicate tannins. It has a deep red colour and is very well balanced with a long after taste. It is best served at 17째C with rich pasta and red meat dishes.
SCIROC Gozo D.O.K 'Superior' Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon This red wine is produced from 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon grown and handpicked from the Ta' Mena Estate in the Marsalforn Valley. This wine presents a very intense red colour with hints of mature red pulp fruit. It is fermented and matured in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After bottling it is aged for at least one year in our cellars. It is best served at 17째C with red meat dishes.
TA' MENA TABLE WINES 'Inspired by a mother'
WHITE TABLE WINE This medium bodied dry white wine is produced exclusively from grapes handpicked from the Ta' Mena Estate. It is fermented and bottled in our Winery under strictly controlled temperatures. This white table wine is produced from Chardonnay and Girgentina grape varieties, the latter being the Maltese indigenous white grape. The result is a fresh white wine suitable for frequent drinking. It is best served at 8째C.
RED TABLE WINE This medium bodied dry red wine is produced exclusively from grapes handpicked from our Estate. It was fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks for about one year. It presents a pleasant taste on the palate which renders it the ideal red wine for everyday drinking. It is best served at 17째C.
GENERAL INFORMATION ·
All our wines are packed in six and twelve bottle cartons.
Half bottles (37.5 cl) are available on request.
We can also supply our wines in 1.5 litre and 3 litre bottles.
One euro pallet takes 720 bottles.
One full load 20 foot container takes around 8,000 wine bottles.
Shipment can be effected by groupage and full load containers.
Delivery is from stock depending on availability.
TA’ MENA AGRI LIMITED Ta' Mena Estate, Rabat Road, Xaghra, Gozo – XRA 9010, MALTA Tel: (+ 356) 2156 4939, (+356) 2155 5699, (+356) 9949 3842 Web: www.tamena-gozo.com Email: email@example.com Export enquires: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ta Mena Wines - Gozo - Malta. Catalogue 2012.