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Zidarich Malvasia Lehtetext
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Zidarich Malvasia Lehte 2017

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, ItalyZidarich is based in the Friulian region of Carso, a very rocky region that borders Slovenia. Benjamin and his wife Marisa Zidarich tend 8 hectares here in a naturalist, non-intervention vein. This Malvasia comes from the Lehte vineyard, located in Prepotto, in the municipality of Duino Aurisina, on soils rich in marine limestone formations and ferrous clays, and from vines with an average age of 45 years. This was destemmed and native fermented, with maceration on the skins in open vats. It was aged 24 months in Slavonian oak barrels of varying sizes. This pours a hazy yellow hue, and opens with sultry, smouldering smoked stones, honeycomb, quince, fragrant apricot blossoms on a slender, streaming palate, textured very finely with a riff of skin tannins and ample salinity. This might be the most elegant orange wine I've tasted. Wow. Only 12 bottles imported into Canada.Tasted: 01 June 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 104.95 consignment Producer: ZidarichDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: Malvasía Volcanica