‘Alba Antiqua’ Malvazija Istarska Istria



Described by Steven Spurrier as “Croatia’s best winemaker”, Ivica Matošević has established himself...

as a force of nature in the country’s burgeoning wine industry. This is due to his unbridled passion, which led him to divert his career from a PhD in agriculture, to winemaking. This passion is reflected both in his wines, which are exuberant, fresh and true to their nature, and in what he has achieved for the reputation of Croatian wine. Widely recognised as one of the leaders of the quality revolution amongst his peers, he was instrumental in setting up the Istrian appellation and establishing the wildly popular annual wine fair which takes place there to promote the wines. We believe that Ivica’s view on his personal journey is reflected in his wine: “[I am a] better man today, more honest and common, more natural and more savage, all due to changes in my life circumstances.”

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Vineyards are located at 250-300 metres above sea level and the soil composition is pseudogley on flysch. The area is characterised by a Mediterranean climate, with mild and rainy winters followed by dry, hot summers. It is Matošević’s goal to slowly cut off the use of any chemicals, by using minimal pesticides and no herbicides. Instead, mechanical cultivation inside the rows is applied as well as mulching between the rows.

Vintage Information

The 2012 vintage was very sunny and dry, which produced reduced yields of fully ripe and healthy grapes. The grapes were harvested on 15th September.


The grapes are manually sorted before crushing and destemming. A 15-hour maceration is followed by gentle pressing. The juice is then fermented and aged for 12 months on the lees in acacia barrels, with periodical lees stirring. The wine saw partial malolactic fermentation and was aged in bottle for 12 months.

Tasting Notes

The wine is a straw yellow colour. The nose is floral and fruity, with spicy aromas. On the palate, this wine is dry with balancing acidity and a rich body. Acacia flowers and acacia honey flavours are complemented by clean minerality.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Malvasia Istriana
Region Istria
Winemaker Ivica Matošević and Saša Topolovec
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.8g/l
Residual Sugar 2.6g/l
Wine pH 3.36