Marega Malvasia Istriana 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

Started in 1905 by the estate's great-grandfather Ludvik Cresevec who bought 2ha in San Floriano the estate has passed down the generations and grown to its current size of 13.5ha (10 of which are dedicated to vineyard, the remainder being forest). The vineyard plots are scattered throughout the locality: in Cero on the Slovenian border, Gradiscutta and Blanchis as well as San Floriano. The agriculture is organic with minimal treatments. The traditional Collio style is the focus of Livio and Giorgio Marega, with their challenge to get back to traditional methods in vinification, using the traditional barrels of two and five hectolitres, called “Holbar”. These barrels were made of acacia, which give white wines great finesse and intense bouquet and elegant sweet tannins. Malvasia Istriana is made from vines up to 35-years-old located in Gradiscutta. 50% of the must is fermented in oak barrels called “Holbar” (capacity of 300 litres) and aged for at least eight months. The other 50% is stainless steel vinification. After extraction from the barrels, the two parts are assembled in a tank and remain there for almost one year. It is an attractive straw yellow with greenish tints, an extremely aromatic bouquet of vanilla, green pepper and sambuca. The finish is dry, full and persistent. “Quite weighty but perfumed, with ripe peachy fruit and some freshness. Fantastic palate has lovely texture, great acid and some freshness. Rich. Very good/excellent 93/100” (Jamie Goode).

Region: Italy » Friuli

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Color: White
Varietal: Vermentino
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Started in 1905 by the estate's great-grandfather Ludvik Cresevec who bought 2ha in San Floriano the estate has passed down the generations and grown to its current size of 13.5ha (10 of which are dedicated to vineyard, the remainder being forest). The vineyard plots are scattered throughout the locality: in Cero on the Slovenian border, Gradiscutta and Blanchis as well as San Floriano. The agriculture is organic with minimal treatments. The traditional Collio style is the focus of Livio and Giorgio Marega, with their challenge to get back to traditional methods in vinification, using the traditional barrels of two and five hectolitres, called “Holbar”. These barrels were made of acacia, which give white wines great finesse and intense bouquet and elegant sweet tannins. Malvasia Istriana is made from vines up to 35-years-old located in Gradiscutta. 50% of the must is fermented in oak barrels called “Holbar” (capacity of 300 litres) and aged for at least eight months. The other 50% is stainless steel vinification. After extraction from the barrels, the two parts are assembled in a tank and remain there for almost one year. It is an attractive straw yellow with greenish tints, an extremely aromatic bouquet of vanilla, green pepper and sambuca. The finish is dry, full and persistent. “Quite weighty but perfumed, with ripe peachy fruit and some freshness. Fantastic palate has lovely texture, great acid and some freshness. Rich. Very good/excellent 93/100” (Jamie Goode).

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