Matosevic 'Alba' Malvazija Istarska

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Described by Steven Spurrier as “Croatia’s best winemaker”, Ivica Matošević has established himself...

as a force of nature in the country’s burgeoning wine industry. This is due to his unbridled passion, which led him to divert his career from a PhD in agriculture, to winemaking. This passion is reflected both in his wines, which are exuberant, fresh and true to their nature, and in what he has achieved for the reputation of Croatian wine. Widely recognised as one of the leaders of the quality revolution amongst his peers, he was instrumental in setting up the Istrian appellation and establishing the wildly popular annual wine fair which takes place there to promote the wines. We believe that Ivica’s view on his personal journey is reflected in his wine: “[I am a] better man today, more honest and common, more natural and more savage, all due to changes in my life circumstances.”

Vineyards

Vineyards are located at 250-300 metres above sea level and the soil composition is pseudogley on flysch. The area is characterised by a Mediterranean climate, with mild and rainy winters followed by dry, hot summers. It is Matošević’s goal to slowly cut off the use of any chemicals, by using minimal pesticides and no herbicides. Instead, mechanical cultivation inside the rows is applied as well as mulching between the rows. 

Vintage Information

2016 saw harmonious ripening, with lots of sun and well distributed rainfall. The grapes were harvested between 8th-25th September. 

Vinification

After manual sorting and destemming, the must is gently pressed in a pneumatic press for three hours. It is then fermented in stainless steel vats. Grapes from particular locations are fermented separately with their indigenous microflora, to highlight the expression of varietal aromas. The wine is aged on fine lees until January to develop complexity. Blending of single vineyard vats takes place in March. This wine sees no oak or malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

The wine has aromas of camomile, acacia, lime zest, quince, pear, apricot and ripe nectarine. An incredibly crisp acidity balances beautifully with the concentration of flavours. It has a medium body and a long finish, marked by tremendous minerality. 

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Malvasia Istriana
Region Istria
Winemaker Ivica Matošević and Saša Topolovec
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.4g/l
Residual Sugar 1.8g/l
Wine pH 3.28