Piquentum, Malvazija

Piquentum, Malvazija

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Country: Croatia

Region: Buzet in Istria

Grape: Malvazija 

Type: Orange Wine 

Viticulture: Organic Farming / Natural Winemaking 

Vinification: Manual harvested grapes are destemmed and put into stainless vats and wood for maceration for 3-4 days on skins. The wine ferments with Indigenous yeast at ambient temperatures. Matured in tank and 5000L barrel from 1 to 7 years. Unfiltered and fined with bentonite. Minimal sulphur used. 

A lovely straw-yellow colour with golden edges. This is a harmonious wine with a soft and smooth texture, quince aromas and floral hints. There is a slight hint of sweet spices and aromatic Mediterranean herbs such as sage.

This is a tale of a son of a Frenchwoman and an Istrian father, growing native Croatian grapes and making them in an old Mussolini-era concrete water tank. Born in French Basque Country (Jurançon) in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Dimitri Brečević studied oenology in France and then worked at Domaine de Chevalier in addition to working harvests in Australia, New Zealand, Bordeaux, and Burgundy. In 2004 he decided to invest himself in his father’s homeland of Istria near the town of Buzet. Istria is the northern edge of Mediterranean, and in the winter, it can be very cold when the strong bura wind blows from the north. In September, when usually vintage takes place, it is chilly during the night and this furthermore helps to maintain nice acidity and aromas in the grapes.

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