Vinarija Kozlović


  • Grape variety: Istrian Malvasia
  • Category: dry white wines
  • Wine-growing area: West Istria, Croatia
  • Vineyard: Santa Lucia
  • Vineyard age: JRE vines planted on April 18th, 2016.
    Old vines dating from 1961.
  • Altitude of vineyard: 240 m
  • Vineyard orientation: south, southwest
  • Soil composition: flysch, limestone, clay
  • Harvested : by hand
  • Vinification: manual selection of the best grapes
  • Aging: Macerated for 2 days (28-29.09.2016) at 15°C.
    Fermented in Slavonian and French oak casks.
  • Alcohol by volume: 13,0 %vol
  • Total acidity: 6,1 g/l
  • Unfermented sugar: 2,0 g/l
  • Bottle size: 0,75 l
  • Serving temperature: 10-12 °C

Winemaker`s notes:

Malvazija JRE which is a joined product of 15 top chefs from Jeunes Restaurateurs Croatia (JRE) and winemaker Franco Kozlović displays medium to deep golden colour with lovely brilliance. Quite pronounced on the nose, showing maturity. Slightly honeyed and spicy, with hints of gingerbread, saffron, nutmeg, dried apricots, bit of oak. There is a touch of grapefruit to bring in some freshness. Time is a friend; bouquet is changing and developing even further with time. On the palate it is dry, medium bodied, with unexpected levels of balanced acidity and huge concentration. Tight and firm like a small black hole which gets bigger and bigger until seizing the palate completely. It then explodes and ends in a very long aftertaste. Finely balanced with lovely texture and plenty of personality. A wonderful food wine.

Food matching:

This is a perfect gastronomic wine being able to pair with diverse number of dishes. With its salinity, and clear-cut finish, it is a perfect match with grilled fish, grilled scallops, grilled shrimps, roasted chicken, pasta with truffles.

Aging potential:

Fully mature. Limited edition JRE Malvazija 2016 will be best to drink between 2019 and 2025, if you manage to find some.

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