In a nutshell: A nicely textured and peachy Croatian white from the Istrian peninsula.
The lowdown: Malvazija Istarska, the indigenous grape variety of this wine, is closely related to the more widely seen Malvasia. In this north-west corner of Croatia, not far from Italy, it makes a crisp, zesty and mineral-rich wine which is both dry and opulent on the palate. The fruit character is quite tropical and peachy which gives a welcome bit of richness in the mouth and it finished with a touch of saltiness and spice making it quite food-friendly.
When to drink: A very versatile wine that pairs well with thing like risotto and creamy poultry dishes.
The Kozlovic family have been making wine in the Istrian region of Croatia since 1904. Their modern winery is near the town of Buje at northern end of the Istrian penisula close up to the border with Slovenia. In terms of character the region has many similarities with the nearby Italian region of Friuli and the wines, food and people have a real connection with their neighbours.
The winery is run by Gianfranco and Antonella Kozlovic and they currently cultivate 25 hectares of vineyards planted with a mix of indigenous and international varieties. All harvesting is done by hand. In 2012 they opened a new winery in their spectacular location where they're keen to welcome visitors. Gianfranco is a perfectionist and he is constantly striving to improve his wine. He takes a modern approach to winemaking and produces seriously good wines.