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Matošević Alba Barrique (2007) – “Aromas of sweet and pungent spices – cloves, nutmeg and liquorice – plus peach and a hint of pear…Peach and apricot upfront on the palate, followed by almond and overripe quince.”

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”.

Score – 88/100 (non-blind)

Details

  • Name – Matošević Alba Barrique
  • Vintage – 2007
  • Variety – Malvazija Istarska
  • Region – Istria, Croatia
  • Alcohol – 13.5%
  • Serving temperature – 10-11 degrees
  • Serve now through to 2017-2018.

Tasting Notes

  • Bright, golden; medium-to-deep intensity;
  • Aromas of sweet and pungent spices – cloves, nutmeg and liquorice – plus peach and a hint of pear;
  • Flavours of peach and apricot upfront on the palate, followed by almond and overripe quince; generous, warming alcohol;
  • Medium-to-high acidity, with a somewhat syrup-like texture;
  • Quite pronounced oak, though reasonably well-integrated;
  • Medium-to-long finish.

 
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