Varietal: Istrska Malvazija
Slovenia lies at the very eastern edge of Western Europe, bordering Italy, Austria, Croatia, and Hungary. And if you look very closely you will notice a tiny sliver of coastline on the Adriatic Sea south of Trieste (Italy) – it’s a mere 30 miles long, and is home to the Malvasia Istriana grape. There are over a dozen different Malvasia grape varietals sprinkled throughout Europe, but none are more esteemed than the Istriana variety, which has higher acid and a unique ability to reflect terroir. Uroš Rojac, who took over the family estate after the untimely death of his father in 2005, makes a true and honest Malvasia Istriana that speaks clearly of its place next to the sea. It’s lithe and crisp, with a very distinct note of saltiness that feels like waves crashing on nearby rocks. Lightly floral with predominantly citrus notes of key lime and tangerine and finishing with a honeyed tang, this wine continues to develop over time in the glass. Such a pretty wine.
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