This article is part of a Decanter guide produced in cooperation with Vinistra, association of winegrowers and winemakers of Istria, and the Croatian National Tourist Board.
A taste of Croatia: 15 great wines from Istria and Kvarner to try
The wines below have been selected by Caroline Gilby MW.
Kabola, Amfora Malvazija, Istria 2019 | 96 points
Intriguing and inviting nose with lemon pith, quince and meadowsweet. Lovely fruit – white peach, lemon barley water and chestnut honey. Vibrant with a stony, sapid finish. So impressive.
Drink 2023-2028 | Alcohol 14%
Stockist: Croatian Fine Wines £33 (2016 vintage)
Pilato, Malvazija Sur Lie, Istria 2019 | 96pts
Mid-gold colour. Complex with fine, creamy, ripe pear and Mirabelle notes on the nose. A beautifully made and very satisfying wine with lovely fruit, intense but not heavy, and an elegant, sleek, lingering, saline finish.
Drink 2023-2025 | Alc 13%
See more: vina-pilato.com
Rossi, Templara Malvazija, Istria 2021 | 95pts
Very zesty, fresh and lemony, with aromas of apple blossom, honeysuckle and ginger. Super precision and harmony with delicate hints of lemon and peach, and an appetising hint of salinity. Wonderful balance and great length.
Drink 2023-2026 | Alc 13%
See more: vinarossi.com
Damjanic?, Akacija Malvazija, Istria 2020 | 93pts
This acacia-aged wine has a lovely white Rhône-like complexity – camomile, chestnut honey, lemon zest and a lightly herby character. Lovely intensity with real purity of fruit on the palate, supple acidity and great length.
Drink 2023-2026 | Alc 13.6%
Stockist: Croatian Fine Wines £25 (2016)
Deklic?, Malvazija Istarska, Istria 2020 | 93pts
A tawny-gold wine with an expressive nose of tangerine, peach and honeysuckle. To taste there’s good complexity, salted lemon and yellow plum and a textured, mineral finish.
Drink 2023-2027 | Alc 14%
See more: vina-deklic.com
Kozlovic?, Selekcija Malvazija, Istria 2021 | 93pts
Hand-harvested fruit from three selected vineyards go into this super-fine, expressive wine showing aromas of acacia and clover honey, then white peach and green apple fruit. Beautifully poised, elegant palate and a long, mineral finish.
Drink 2023-2025 | Alc 13.5%
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Milan Budinski, OMO Malvazija Istarska, Istria 2020 | 92pts
Honeysuckle and camomile on the nose, with candied peel and salted lemon. Lots of ripeness and intensity, stone fruit, lemon oil and spice all supported by juicy acidity.
Drink 2023-2026 | Alc 14%
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Agrolaguna, Festigia Malvazija Istarska, Istria 2022 | 92pts
Expressive, with minty hints and green herbs, fresh pear and stone fruit on the nose. To taste there’s fresh melon, apple, lemon zest and an almost steely vibrancy backed by fine acidity.
Drink 2023-2025 | Alc 13.5%
Stockist: Lea & Sandeman £12.50 (2021)
PZ Vrbnik, Zlatna Vrbnic?ka Žlahtina, Krk, Kvarner 2022 | 90pts
Fine and inviting on the nose with delicate spice and tangerine notes. It’s crisp and bright, refreshing to drink with saline, linear, lightly peachy fruit. A classic example of the Žlahtina grape.
Drink 2023-2025 | Alc 11%
See more: pz-vrbnik.hr
In Sylvis, Florens Rosé, Istria 2022 | 89pts
Mid-pink, crisp but fruity rosé produced from direct-pressed Teran grapes, with lots of bright red berry and sour cherry flavours, and lightly floral overtones – which inspired the name ‘Florens’.
Drink 2023-2024 | Alc 12.5%
See more: insylvis.com
Benvenuti, Livio Teran, Istria 2019 | 96pts
Nikola and Albert Benvenuti named their impressive new Teran red in honour of their father. It’s an inky dark wine with aromas of cocoa, damson and spice. There’s great fruit intensity with notes of bilberry and black cherry, harmonious oak, fine acidity and polished tannins.
Drink 2023-2030 | Alc 13.5%
Stockist: Howard Ripley £21.85
Fakin, Teran, Istria 2022 | 95pts
Rich, deep purple-black wine with…
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