Alba Malvazija Istarska 2018, Ivica Matošević
Croatia / Istria
Andy's Tasting Notes
A small high quality producer with a now established international reputation. A country that has settled on a quality not quantity philosophy.
This is their leading white grape variety. Good concentration due to low yields – this is engagingly fresh with elegant hints of ripe pear, honeysuckle, spice and a crisp minerally/chalky hint on the aftertaste.
Superb with all white fish and simply prepared shellfish.
Price per bottle £15.70
Described by Steven Spurrier as “Croatia’s best winemaker”, Ivica Matošević has established himself as a force of nature in the country’s burgeoning wine industry. This is due to his unbridled passion, which led him to divert his career from a PhD in agriculture, to winemaking. This passion is reflected both in his wines, which are exuberant, fresh and true to their nature, and in what he has achieved for the reputation of Croatian wine. Widely recognised as one of the leaders of the quality revolution amongst his peers, he was instrumental in setting up the Istrian appellation and establishing the wildly popular annual wine fair which takes place there to promote the wines.
Food matchPan fried sea-bass with samphire and lemon