Time to return to Sutor tonight to taste a marvellously produced malvasia. This time, we’ll have a look at their refined, barrel matured presentation of a variety that produces some outstanding expressions in the Vipava valley.
Grapes come from a vineyard that counts nineteen years and is planted on west-facing slopes composed of clay red earth and flysch at an altitude of 260 meters above sea level. The exposure is well protected from the wind, allowing the maturation of these delicate berries.
Bunches of malvasia are exclusively hand-picked and transferred straight into the pneumatic press with constant cooling. The must is then racked into large cone-shaped barrels with approximately 10 % of whole berries that were handpicked two days before the harvest.
This allows for starting of fermentation, and the mash is frequently stirred to mix lees and sediments. After a year, the wine is decanted into stainless vats and left to mature for another year and clarify naturally via sedimentation. Finally, the wine is bottled, and after patiently waiting in the cellar, it comes to the market.
This expresses in a malvasia of extractive, golden yellow and pronounced density.
The bouquet is ripe, intense. Reminiscent of apple slices, roasted peach, dried pineapple, linden blossom, straw, and notes of butter, sweet spices with dried Mediterranean herbs.
Dry and soft, with well-integrated alcohols. At the same time vividly refreshing in mineral. A wine of a seductively intense taste, full-bodied with an elegant and persistent aftertaste. Seductive!