Malvasia

Name of varietal: Malvasia

Common synonyms: Malvoisie, Malmsey, Malvasia Istriana, Malvazia, Monemvasia

Parentage of the grape: thought to be indigenous to Greece

History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For this reason, there are dozens of clones and subspecies derived from the original, and it comes in both red and the much more common white. It is believed to have originated in Greece as Monemvasia, and was brought to Italy by the Romans, from where it spread most notably to Spain, France, Portugal and Croatia.

In most places in Europe, it has an often unbilled role in blends and bulk wines, though some more sophisticated productions exist and are worth looking out for. In Italy, it is vinified in the north as a single varietal in dry white wines as Malvasia Istriana. It is also one of the grapes used in Vin Santo fortified wine.

The British started calling the grape “Malmsey” when they established their Read more »

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Malvasia on Snooth

  • It’s a while since I went around wineries in a bikini. Actually, I think ... ... the same banner, offered Malvasia Sasserra 2005, 100% malvasia de Sitges. It absolutely tasted of the place on the day: a full-bodied concoction of seasalt, pears, almonds, herbs and sherry. Again, with a complexity requiring lengthy knitted-eyebrow swishing. Alon... Read More

    From the article Sitges Mostra de Vins


  • Vivanco Rioja Blanco Viura/Malvasia 2008

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    crisp, clean refreshing, and highly acidic - lemon/lime citrus dominates both on the nose and palate Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Castello Monaci Liante Salice Salentino DOC 2006

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    Classic Salice gaining sweet fruit and wild berry tones from the addition of the Malvasia (20%). The wine retains classic tarry notes on the nose that compliment the boysenberry and dried plum fruit tones but in the palate this is dark and spicy with notes of barrel ageing accenting the dried cherry and chocolate tones. A modernish take on Salic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Notarpanaro Salento Rosso Taurino 14 Bt 2001

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    This has the classic scents of Salice Salentino; dried tomatoes, burnt rubber, pruny fruit but it all comes together well in a rather rugged, dirt on the bottom of one's boots sort of way. In the mouth this has surprisingly bright acids and melting tannins supporting the fading notes of dried raspberries and dates. In the glass this gains more s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bartenura Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco Mevushal 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by bendicof


  • Bartenura Malvasia Red Italy Kosher Mevushal NV

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  • Bartenura Malvasia 2006

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    Wine review by bendicof


  • Bartenura Malvasia 2012

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  • Big House White 2008

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    Lots of floral and citrus notes on the nose, with a similar palate, leading ... interesting blend of grapes (malvasia bianca, muscat canelli, viognier, and roussanne). There's a bit of oak that gives a bit of a buttered toast/smokey component, but it's well balanced and hides any sweetness from the muscat, leading to a good, crisp, full wine w... Read More

    Wine review by ONUMello


  • If anyone is interested I posted a short video from a tasting a couple of weekends ago:http://www.florencewinemerchants.com/events-tastings/vino-al-vino-2009.html Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vino al Vino, Panzano in Chianti


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