I want to cheer today with a bottle of Malvazija. But I’ll pick a rather special one, with a name that calls to its creator Lan Kristančič the enfant prodige of Movia. MalvaL is a stylistically crafted Malvazija, aged in big oak vessels.
I’m still full of impressions from yesterdays judging for the Malvazija festival, which will be apparently held 5th of June, and this feels like a natural way to keep the spirit high.
Grapes for MalvaL were hand-picked from a 35-years old, south-facing Krasna vineyard. The soil is Brda’s well known Opoka – a mixture of marl and limestone. And, as is the case with all Movia’s wines, it is cultivated following organic methods.
Harvest was executed in the middle of September. Bunches were destemmed and put in vinification vats with skins. Fermentation kicked in spontaneously. Following a two day maceration and gentle pressing, the wine is ready to go ageing in 3.000-litre Slavonian oak barrels for eight months on lees without racking.
After four months of bottle-ageing, this Malvazija is ready to meet its lovers.
MalvaL salutes us with a slightly hazy, golden-yellow colour that quickly calms down when turning it in the glass while we observe tears slowly slide down the walls.
Delicate aromas evoke yellow apple, pineapple, acacia flower, chamomile, marzipan, forest honey, vanilla. With notes of butter, caramel and lemon peel, reminding us of a lemon tart.
The mouthfeel is soft, oily, with emphasised freshness and mineral salinity. The latter perceptions are standing out, refreshing us, and pleasantly prolonging the play of its intense taste in the mouth—a full-bodied wine with expressed elegance and lasting persistency.