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Meda, Punta Greca & Montiron
Istria is often dubbed as the “New Tuscany” and for good reason. This part of Croatia boasts award-winning olive oil, hilltop villages, and a bustling food & wine scene. There is no shortage of high-quality wineries in Istria and new producers keep popping up every year.
Medea isn’t a new winery, it was actually founded as a cooperative in 1956. It’s now privately run and they continue to put the focus on quality. Just a few years ago, their top white (Montiron) and red (Punta Greca) made quite a stir on the local scene. Now they are regarded as two of the best wines in Istria (and Croatia for that matter).
The latest vintages stand up to our lofty expectations.
- Medea, ‘Montiron’ Malvazija 2018
The Medea Montiron is the premium Malvazija Istarska in the portfolio. This vintage has a small portion (8%) of barrel-aged wine in the cuvée. Intense and mineral-driven nose. Notes of white flower, flint, yellow peach, and pineapple. Round and textured mouthfeel with a persistent finish. It is a weightier Malvazija Istarska, which is a good thing. This has the stuffings to make me believe it could age very well in the medium term. Fantastic value for money wine.
The texture is pleasantly round and creamy. What’s most striking here is the finish–a balancing act of bitterness, salinity, and sweetness.
- Medea, ‘Punta Greca’ Merlot 2016
The Medea, Punta Greca is a single vineyard Merlot aged 18-24 months in the barrel. It’s dark in color and viscous in the glass. Notes of tobacco, red plum, cedar, and a touch of iron. It’s full-bodied and rich with fruit. The tannins are chewy but aren’t overly drying, lengthy finish. It’s not only one of the best examples of Istrian Merlot on the market, but it’s also one of the finest reds you can find in the region.
MH Score: 92+/100
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📦Shipping is available EU-wide and to the UK. Medea wines are currently not available in the USA but you can use our discount code on Croatian Wines Available in the USA.
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