Kozlović Santa Lucia, a lovely rich Croatian white


Kozlović Santa Lucia, a lovely rich Croatian white

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Trying this right now. It’s a Malvasia from Istria in Croatia, and it’s quite compelling. I’ve tried a few of these Kozlović wines, and I’ve been impressed by them. I’m not sure of the packaging (the bottle shape is a bit odd – a tall Bordeaux shape with a skinny neck), but the contents are good.

Kozlović Santa Lucia Malvazija 2015 Istria, Croatia
14.7% alcohol. From a single vineyard planted 55 years ago at an altitude of 240 m with limestone and clay soils. Skin contact at cool temperatures for 5 days, followed by fermentation in 5000 litre casks, followed by 3 months in stainless steel tanks. TA is 5.2 and there’s 5.5 g/l of residual sugar, so these grapes must have been harvested ripe. The result is really interesting, though. It’s bold, rich, mouthfilling and spicy with beautiful aromas of fennel, white pepper, honey and quince. The palate is dense and spicy with a lovely mineral core to the boldly textured, warmly textural, subtly nutty citrus fruits. For a rich, boldly flavoured wine with high alcohol, this is just lovely and has a real harmony to it. 93/100 (Ex-cellars this is about €13)

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2 thoughts on “Kozlović Santa Lucia, a lovely rich Croatian white

  1. Hi Jamie,

    Beautiful review and great wine. Thank you for sharing! Just one quick question. Is this really the 2015 vintage? I can’t find any other info about its release, not even on the Kozlovic website (which has the tech sheet for 2011, the last vintage listed on their site). Just wanted to confirm because I will be sharing your review on the Wines of Croatia blog.


  2. Nice Review Jamie. I too am curious about the vintage, we were there at the winery tasting in May and had the 2013 vintage of this – is was presented to us as the latest vintage.

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