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, grapes of higher structure from selected vineyards. This 100% Istrian Malvasia is produced using the method of quick processing, no skin-contact, fermented and aged for 12 months on fine lees in French troncais/allier oak barrels. The sediment is periodically stirred until the end of winter. The wine is aged in previously used barrels, with a yearly rotation of 20% of new ones. Style-wise, Alba’s elegance gives way to strength and complexity of Alba Barrique. Malvasia’s standard aromatic profile is given new life with oak-influenced aromas of vanilla and caramel. Overall, Alba Barrique is a highly structured wine of pronounced longevity. In best vintages, it reaches its maximum after two to five years. This wine pairs particularly well with seafood, fish – on the grill or stewed, as well as with food from the oven or food with pronounced spiciness.
It is a typical powerful Istrian wine of distinguished character, a regular international award-winner.