100% ISTRIAN MALVASIA
About the Wine Maker
Owner Ivica Matosevic, is considered a visionary in the wine industry. His journey began when he took a degree in landscaping and horticulture at the University of Zagreb, followed by a Ph.D. in Biotechnology in Italy, focusing on the potential of terroir.
Matosevic returned to Croatia in 1996 at a crucial point in the industry’s redevelopment, as director for Istria’s institute for managing natural protected areas. He bottled his own first vintage that year. In 2011 he established the association of Croatian wine producers to represent family estates and small producers.
His vineyards are located in the Istrian wine growing region in the northernmost part of the Mediterranean, on white and red earth, ideally exposed to sunlight, perfectly suiting a wine maker's needs. Matošević is on the 45th parallel, a latitude it shares with some of the most renowned wine growing regions in the world. Wine making in this region is steeped in tradition and forms an integral part of everyday life. Compared to Dalmatia, Istria is significantly cooler. This is due to the Adriatic Sea’s lower water temperatures, along with the higher altitudes of the Istrian hinterland.
About the Wine
Western Istrian wine region, Buje area. 100% Istrian Malvasia. Wine is a blend of different vineyards with grapes of distinct structure. Wine is fermented in stainless steel vats, without skin contact, using methods of quick grape processing, controlled fermentation and ageing on fine lees until January. Blending of single vineyard vats takes place in March. The wine is ready for the market in May-June. Alba is a fresh and elegant wine of fine structure, savoury, of attractive fruit aromas, pronounced minerality, with a hint of bitter almond aftertaste. It reaches its harmony during autumn and winter. Th is wine has unusual longevity for its style. Ageing in the bottle brings more herbal and floral notes to the fore. Mostly because of its minerality and bitter almond aftertaste, this wine became successful in gastronomy, as well as an easy drinking event wine.