Virgona Malvasia Delle Lipari Passito 2008

Member Review by Terence Pang:

AUD$86/500ml. It is produced with 95% Malvasia white grapes and 5% Corinto black grapes, withered partly on the plant and exposed to sunlight on traditional long racks of reeds (known as cannizzi) for about 15 days after the vintage. Once the stalks are removed, the grapes are gently pressed and the must obtained is fermented, stabilized and matured for an 8 month period. A wine that simply must be served chilled (~12-15ºC). A clear amber gold colour. An intense aroma of ripe apricot syrup, bees wax and gum honey. A sweet lush wine, interesting subtle flavours presenting as layers of mandarin, orange blossom and baked apricot with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Drink now – 2018. This is one of the rare occasions I’ve come across Malvasia bianca, a Mediterranean variety from the same family of the Malvasia used to make Madeiran Malmsey. Malsavia is used to make white wine, dessert wines and fortified wines in countries such as Italy, Croatia, Spain, Madeira and in some regions of the Californian coast. Each region has its own indigenous varietals, so there must be a huge assortment of wine styles to try. It’s a real shame that this grape is unlikely to be the sole focus of any tasting event.

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Color: Amber
Variety: Malsavia
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Snooth User: Terence Pang
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09/18/2013

AUD$86/500ml. It is produced with 95% Malvasia white grapes and 5% Corinto black grapes, withered partly on the plant and exposed to sunlight on traditional long racks of reeds (known as cannizzi) for about 15 days after the vintage. Once the stalks are removed, the grapes are gently pressed and the must obtained is fermented, stabilized and matured for an 8 month period. A wine that simply must be served chilled (~12-15ºC). A clear amber gold colour. An intense aroma of ripe apricot syrup, bees wax and gum honey. A sweet lush wine, interesting subtle flavours presenting as layers of mandarin, orange blossom and baked apricot with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Drink now – 2018. This is one of the rare occasions I’ve come across Malvasia bianca, a Mediterranean variety from the same family of the Malvasia used to make Madeiran Malmsey. Malsavia is used to make white wine, dessert wines and fortified wines in countries such as Italy, Croatia, Spain, Madeira and in some regions of the Californian coast. Each region has its own indigenous varietals, so there must be a huge assortment of wine styles to try. It’s a real shame that this grape is unlikely to be the sole focus of any tasting event.




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