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Matošević Alba Malvazija Istarska (2011) – “Straw yellow…Melon and peach flavours predominate, with a hint of kiwi, mild pepper and vanilla.”

The grapes for Ivica Matošević’s wines come from two particular locations. Buje, in northwest Istria, offers aged and fresher white wines, particularly Malvasia; whilst the second, located in central Istria, near the village of Grimalda, is the source of Grimalda White and Grimalda Red, described as “a coupage of white and red grape varieties”.

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Score – 87/100 (non-blind)


  • Name – Matošević Alba
  • Vintage – 2011
  • Variety – Malvazija Istarska
  • Region – Istria, Croatia
  • Alcohol – 12.9%
  • Serving temperature – 10-11 degrees
  • Serve now through to 2014.

Tasting Notes

  • Straw yellow; medium intensity;
  • Aromas of grass and grass, with suggestions of tropical fruit, though slighty under-ripe;
  • Melon and peach flavours predominate, with a hint of kiwi, mild pepper and vanilla;
  • Well-balanced, with moderate acidity’
  • Straightforward finish, with slight minerality.

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