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Malvasia, Skerlj 2018
Matej Skerlj farms just two hectares of vines across a collection of tiny parcels hidden amongst the woods of the Carso. Just inland from the sparkling waters of the Adriatic on a rocky plateau some 250 metres above sea level, this is a remarkable terroir. Vines are planted over a thin layer of red dirt rich in iron. In search of life, they push deep through the fossilised limestone below, resulting in wines with wonderful acidity and an often profound minerality. The plateau is cooled by a breeze from the sea and the bora, a wind that comes from mountains to the east. This is a unique microclimate, that in the right hands can produce wonderful wines.
In the cantina Matej takes a considered approach, with gentle macerations and a long élevage in old wood before release. These are wines that can only be from the Carso, wines with a real sense of place.
Malvasia Istriana that spent three weeks on the skins, followed by two years in old botti. This is more subtle than previous vintages, with delicate notes of green citrus and flowers, just a hint of tannin and a beautiful, cleansing acidity that goes on and on. An elegant expression of a fantastic grape and terroir.
Origin Carso, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
Alcohol 12.5% ABV
Style Full body macerated white
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvested, macerated on skins for 3 weeks, fermented with indigenous yeast, aged 2 years in old oak. Unfiltred and unfined. No added sulphites.
Notes Natural, Organic