The Kozlović family have been making wine in the Istrian region of Croatia since 1904. The region borders Friuli and the wines, food and people have a real connection with their Italian neighbours. The winery is run by Gianfranco and Antonella Kozlović and they currently cultivate 25 hectares of vineyard. Gianfranco is a perfectionist and he is constantly striving to improve his wine. He takes a modern approach to winemaking and produces seriously good wines.
The vineyard is located in Santa Lucia in Western Istria at altitudes of between 200 to 240 metres above sea level. The age of the vines varies from nine to 54 years, but all are planted with a south to south-westerly orientation to maximise their exposure to the sun. The soils are made up of flysch, limestone and clay. The grapes are manually harvested at optimum maturity.
The grapes were manually harvested and carefully selected by hand. The berries were cold macerated for 12 to 24 hours in stainless steel, extracting the aromas and flavours, prior to being gently pressed. The must was fermented with selected yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats to preserve the freshness and fruit-forward aromas. Maturation took place in stainless steel and lasted for a minimum of seven months.
A crisp, zesty, mineral rich wine with a complex nose of lemon, apple with apricot, peach, pineapple and delicate hints of spice. Fresh, yet opulent on the palate with the fruit characters from the nose echoed on the palate, combined with a mineral complexity. The finish has a touch of characteristic saltiness and spice making it very food-friendly.
Malvazija Istriana 100%.