This is the wine that truly defines the lightness of being Istria. Here, where Alpine and Mediterranean climates meet in harmony, is the home of the Malvasia Istriana grape variety, though it is also found across the Italian border. There are many types (or clones) of this variety grown, particularly around the Mediterranean, but here, on this most northerly Adriatic peninsula, Malvasia finds its high point: pure, bright, fresh and fragrant. In 2011, the summer was warm and ripe grapes were hand-picked early, then immediately chilled to preserve the true fruit and floral aroma of Malvasia at its peak, with a finishing note of acacia blossom honey. Dry yet round and long, this is perfect served at 10-120 Celsius, with fresh seafood and nothing more than drops of lemon juice and a drizzle of fine Istrian olive oil. Lakoca, as we say in Istria.
International Wine Challenge 2013, London, SILVER
Finger Lakes Wine Competition 2012, USA – GOLD
International Wine Challenge 2012, London, BRONZE