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
The Matošević Alba Robinia is 100% Istrian Malvasia, made using the method of quick grape processing, no skin contact, fermented and aged 12 months on sediment in Istrian acacia barrels. Sediment is periodically stirred until the end of winter. This wine demands longer ageing, thus it is market-ready two years later than Malvasias aged in French oak, usually after four years. It is characterised by intensive and untypical aromas of honey, smoke and sometimes bacon (if new barrels are used). Due to its pronounced character and full body, this wine is best served with food. It is recommended to pair it with Istrian prosciutto, cheeses, as well as with dishes that are usually paired with light-bodied red wines.