Wednesday, 22 August 2012

New Croatian wines from Matošević at SITT Autumn and our September Trade Tasting

Bancroft is now the exclusive UK agent for Ivica Matošević, a very highly regarded winemaker in the Istrian region of Croatia. 

The Istrian white speciality is Malvasia Istriana and the majority of Matošević’s cuvees are very different expressions of this wonderful grape. Bancroft Wines already imports several of these cuvees from Ivica including the Alba Malvasia (100% Malvasia, fermented in stainless steel) and the Alba Barrique (barrel aged for 12 months with lee contact).
Thanks to a recent trip to see Ivica, Bancroft Wines is now importing the following wines that will be available to taste at the upcoming SITT Autumn Tasting and the Bancroft September tasting

Malvasia Antiqua 2008 – This cuvee is made only in the best years from a selection of the oldest grapes. It spends 30 months in a combination of French oak and Acacia wood. It is the most traditional of Matošević’s cuvees, exhibiting superb yet not overwhelming weight, elegant perfumed fruit coated in sweet spices and lifted with great acidity.

White Grimalda 2008 - This is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Malvasia Istriana and is aged for 12 months in Allier and up to a further 24 months in stainless steel and bottle. This is certainly a long runner with plenty of life ahead but is already showing all the complexity and development gained from four years of ageing. A really vibrant and serious wine.

Red Grimalda 2010 - This is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% of the local grape Teran. Yields are small, limited to 1kg per plant that is evident in the high concentration, finely balanced by freshness and a measured influence of French oak.

Ivica, who is currently the president of the local winemakers association, is very scientific in his approach to winemaking. Despite these modern winemaking techniques he also uses the best local materials, for example local Acacia wooden barrels in the cellars.

See our website for details on how to register for these tastings.

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