Malvazija [Malvasia], Ritosa
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Malvazija [Malvasia], Ritosa

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The 2019 Ritoša Malvazija Istarska is made from 100% Malvazija Istarska, which is a very different grape from Italian Malvasia. It's a very common grape in the Istria region, the second most planted variety in Croatia after Grasevina, and has thought to have been grown in the area for centuries. The wine has a 13% ABV, and most Istrian wines have an ABV from 12.5%-13.5%.

The wine was very aromatic, pleasant floral and spice notes, and the first sip will bring a smile to your face. It is complex and compelling, with a wonderful melange of harmonious flavors. It is fresh and crisp, refreshing and satisfying with a moderately lengthy finish. On the palate, it is fruity [especially peach and pear] and floral, spicy and with a nice minerality. There is so much going on in this wine, and all of it is delicious.

Their soil, typical of Western Istria, is a red clay with some limestone, and the clay is rich in iron. The vineyard grows five varieties, Malvazija Istriana, Teran, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Red & Yellow Muscat. The winery currently produces 10 different wines, and they might be the only Croatian winery that is "suitable for vegans" as they don't use any animal products at all in the wine making process.

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