It’s time to return to Guerila, to Zmago Petrič and his rebellious team above the slopes of Vipava. We’re at the site that oversees the whole Vipava valley, sipping a glass of their Malvasia, which matured in a large acacia barrel on fine lees.
This is the second vintage of such malvasia and is coming from the vineyard Vine, this is the beautiful, amphitheatrically shaped vineyard you see right below their cellar. As custom at Guerila, all are produced by following biodynamic methods. Grapes are destemmed and crushed with a 14-day maceration in a large barrel – tino. The mash is then gently pressed and racked into a 20-hl acacia barrel where it conducts also malolactic conversion. Finally, it is bottled without filtration.
It shows an extractive, golden yellow colour with a fairly dense texture.
The bouquet is intense and tempting. We can detect apple slices and mango, ripe nectarine, yellow rose, hints of robinia, followed by slight buttery and honey notes, and in the end scents of Mediterranean herbs and hot stone.
The wine is dry, soft and reasonably warm. Its freshness blends pleasantly into the structure and expresses the minerality of the wine. An intense and elegant, medium-bodied Malvasia with just the proper durability to ask for another glass.