Golden yellow glare gives an intro on the processing method and quality of the grapes, the greenish infraction on youth and aging potential. Laser accurate first nose indicates toasted almonds in butter, turning into sage-chamomile floral hints with ripe freshness of yellow-green fruit, dipped with sage honey. Complex. More “nose”, more pleasures!
In the mouth the whole spectre of fruitiness! Ripe pear and green apple with drops of honey, sage and chamomile tea, elderflower, sprinkled pinch of sage, rosemary and “fior di sale”, followed by a broad and long aftertaste of noble bitter almond. The wine lasts and lasts, and leaves a minerallysalty touch on the lips. Trademark wine of the winery with the most “over 90” points rating, vintage 2012 keeps up to the level.
Variety: 100% Istrian Malvasia
Region: South Istria
Position: 100% Cuf near Šišan, Pula, altitude 50-55 m, SSW exposition, sunny the whole day, very airy. A deep profile of the Istrian red, occasionally skeletoid soil, excellent chemical and mineralogical characteristics, presence of natural humus
Growing form: one sided Guyot
Yield: 1,1 – 1,5 kg/vine
Harvest time: mid-September 2012th
Vintage: 2012, an extremely dry year, 160 days without rain, till the end of August. Very challenging year for the vineyards and winemakers. Low yields. Huge risk taken by waiting the rain finally brought excellent results.
Vinification: Careful crushing of the grapes, separating the stems. Cold maceration for 72 hours at a temperature of 12°C. Pressing, spontaneous fermentation in barriques of acacia and oak. The wine goes trough malolactic fermentation.
Aging: Aged for 11 months in barrels. Bottled without filtration. 120 days in bottles before releasing.
Pairing (recommendations): Wine that you enjoy by yourself, concentrated on it or not, it will force you to commit to it. White fish fillets (turbot, monkfish, bream) baked in the pan; Roman gnocchi (Gnochi novels), carrot and zucchini, saltimbocca of meat, are ideal for even greater commitment.
Glass: Burgundy for Chardonnays or pinot noir
Serving temperature: 12 – 16 ºC
Specifications: Alcohol: 14.0% vol; Acid: 6.1 g / l; unfermented sugar: 2.3 g / l; pH: 3.35; extract: 24.7 g / l
Packing: 6 bottles