Wine Review: Kozlović Santa Lucia Malvazija (93 Points, Jamie Goode)

On October 3, 2016, Jamie Goode, the esteemed British author of The Science of Wine and a wine columnist in the U.K. for  The Sunday Express, published a stellar review of the Kozlović Santa Lucia Malvazija 2015 from the Istria wine making region of Croatia, granting it 93 points.

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In the review, which appears on his highly respected blog, Wine Anorak, Goode admits he previously tasted other Kozlović wines and has been “impressed” by them but found this single vineyard Santa Lucia 2015 “quite compelling”, “really interesting”, and “just lovely”.

According to the Kozlović website, Santa Lucia is a southwest facing, hillside vineyard in western Istria planted in 1962 at an altitude of 240 meters with flych, limestone, and clay soils.

Kozlovic Santa Lucia vineyard (Photo courtesy Colours of Istria)

After five days of cool temperature skin contact, the 2015 Santa Lucia Malvazija (writes Goode) was fermented in 5,000 liter casks, followed by 3 months in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine is “bold, rich, mouthfilling and spicy with beautiful aromas of fennel, white pepper, honey and quince” with a “dense and spicy” palate feel and “lovely mineral core” that is “boldly textured, warmly textural” and “has real harmony”.

To read Jamie Goode’s original review, please clink HERE. To check out his book, please click this link: The Science of Wine.



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