Wangolina Malvasia Istriana 2023 (6 Bottles) Mt Benson, Limestone Coast

$254.00 GST Included


Aromatic, fleshy & spicy. An old-world grape that has adapted brilliantly to our Mt Benson climate.

As the Croatian name Malvazija Istarska and Italian name Malvasia Istriana suggest, the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia’s north-west is the common homeland for this fresh, yet weighty variety. Skin contact fermentation is also common practice in this region for their white varieties, just as we associate with red wine methods here. We found Mount Benson, with its cold winters, early spring frosts, summer sun and erratic winds almost mimics this variety’s original home.

Fruit is hand-picked & crushed. 50% is then fermented naturally in an open top barrel on skins, while the other 50% is basket pressed & fermented on light solids in a 400L ceramic vessel. The ferment lasts for 7 days before blending back together.

Exotic aromas of jasmine lead to a medium bodied palate of white necatarine and brown pear. The weight of fruit coats the mouth with wonderful texture, until some firm quince phenols firm-up the spine. Some wonderful skin-contact tannins provide notes of cardamom and nutmeg, ensuring a savoury, slightly chewy finish. A perfect warming white wine to have in the depths of a cold front, and the perfect white for a red wine drinker.



About Wangolina Wines

Anita has been a ‘part of the fabric’ at Wangolina since inception, working in every facet of the family business. Graduating with an Oenology degree at Adelaide University in 2001, she went on to work consecutive vintages overseas and within Australia to broaden her knowledge, exposure and experience before returning to her home in Mt Benson. Taking the reins as sole Owner/ Director in 2013, she has continued to evolve the Wangolina range and vineyard plantings to capitalise on the cool climate regionality and coastal capabilities of Mt Benson.

Our vineyard is situated in the “Hundred of Mt Benson” as they used to say, on Limestone Coast Road, Mt Benson. Established in 1999 by John & Anita Goode with plantings of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc, the vineyard has now expanded to include Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner and Malvasia Istriana (which is super exciting).

The sandy loam over limestone soils provide the ideal soil condition for vine growth, plentiful supplies of fresh subterranean water (which filters through the limestone) and the temperate climate, which is moderated by the influence of the Great Southern Ocean, all providing excellent conditions for vineyards to thrive and produce high quality wines. Our vineyard is located approximately 12kms as the bird flies from the sea at Cape Jaffa.

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