Decanter 2019’s Verdict: These are the Best Wines of Northwestern Istria

Istrian wines have been winning top awards at prestigious competitions for years now, and are particularly successful at Decanter, the largest global wine competition. This year’s edition of Decanter brought 1 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze medals to northwestern Istria’s winemakers and these results come as no surprise considering the hard work carried out both in their vineyards and cellars.

You will agree that it is not easy to stand out among 17,000 different labels from 57 countries. Here is a list of the winemakers who did it:


Coronica Gran Teran 2015 (95 points)

Dense bramble and loganberry fruit with chocolate and leather notes on the nose. Elegant mouthfeel with silky tannins and a long finish.


Cattunar 4 Terre Black Soil Malvazija 2017 (91 points)

Floral and fruity, with a touch of minerality. High acid, with citrus core and notes of lemon peel.

Kozlović Malvazija 2015 (91 points)

Lovely, lifted aromas of white peach and melon with honey characters. Beautiful palate with minerality and a juicy core.

Kozlović Malvazija 2016 (91 points)

Juicy yellow apple and stone fruits, with an intense mineral character. Nice development and good definition.

Cattunar Collina Malvazija Istarska 2016 (90 points)

Elegant, developed nose of candied fruits with hints of earth. Full bodied, with very nice freshness and longevity.

Degrassi Contarini Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (90 points)

Intensely floral with violets and wildflowers, well integrated with cassis and chocolate notes. Good fruit abounding on the palate and persistent finish.

Ravalico Malvazija 2018 (90 points)

Intense stone fruits with subtle elderflower and a touch of salt. Slightly peppery and spicy with juicy palate.

Vina Zigante Vero Aurora Brut Rosé 2015 (90 points)

Cranberry and red currant on the nose, with a bright red cherry freshness on the palate. Crunchy and lively with stony, mineral complexity.

Cattunar Teran 2015 (90 points)

Ripe dark cherry and red fruit characters. Delicate, savoury and oaky with integrated spice and refined tannins.


Coronica Gran Malvazija 2016 (88 points)

Stone fruits, green notes and some minerality. Rounded, with great freshness and an elegant finish.

Degrassi Contarini Riserva Syrah 2012 (87 points)

Tight red fruit core with creamy tannins and decent acidity. Luscious fruit on the palate.

Franković Malvazija Korona Sur Lie 2017 (87 points)

Rich, bright and mineral, with ripe peach and mango flavours dominating. Full bodied with some sweet spices on the palate.

Coronica Merlot 2015 (86 points)

Dark plummy fruit with a hint of cedar. Jammy palate with good intensity and nicely integrated oak.

Ravalico Chardonnay 2018 (86 points)

White pear and sweet spice, with fresh fennel and an almost nutty finish.

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