This week 2019 Decanter Awards were announced

Croatia won 7 Gold Medals, four of which were awarded to Malvazia from Istria, aka Malvazia Istarska.

So, what is Malvazia Istarska?

For decades, Malvazia Istarska was considered part of a large family of Mediterranean Malvazia (or Malmsey) with which, except the name, it didn’t have much in common. Grapevine, ampelographic, differences are quite pronounced. Most Malvazia variants such as Malvasia delle Lipari have grape clusters that are more loose, elongated and wavy. Leaf differences are also noticeable. Malvazia Istarska is characterised by vigorous growth, medium to high yield, good resistance to fungal diseases and well-balanced sweetness. Istrian Malvazia is cultivated all over Istria, it can also be found in the neighbouring Slovenian coastal region and in the Italian region of Friuli.

Malvazia is remarkably tolerant of ageing, so there are predominantly two basic types on the market: fresh, intended for consumption within two years, and mature, which is ready for the market at the earliest in the third year of harvest.

Malvazia is generally dry with prominent minerality often combined with gentle fruity aromas like peach, apples and nectarines, and vigorous and refreshing acids.

Primary aromas of mature Malvazia are a combination of fruit and floral aromas such as apples, shrubs and nectarines with a baked flower, supported by more or less pronounced but always present mineral notes. Minerality also extends through the taste in the form of mild salty and gentle bitter ending.

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We also run wine tasting events and organise wine tours to Croatian vineyards

Congratulations to all 2019 Decanter Awards Winners

Malvazija istarska 2018, Vinarija Fakin, Motovun – 96 points
Malvazija istarska 2018, Vinarija Rossi, Vižinada, – 95 points
Malvazija istarska 2015, Vina Anđelini, Pazin, – 95 points
Malvazija istarska Vižinada Riserva 2015, Vina Laguna, Poreč, – 95 points