Bibi Graetz Testamatta Toscana 2015/2018
Bibi Graetz “Testamatta” Toscana 2015 is a Super Tuscan Rosso you have to get your hands on. From the iconic Tuscan artist/winemaker Bibi Graetz, comes a stunning 99-point wine you can consider the pinnacle expression of Sangiovese.
Ruby colour in glass. Bold and rich, with a firm structure. Intense aromas of cherry and prune fruits, violet florals, and layers of tobacco, leather, chocolate and coffee spice. The aromas follow through to the palate, creating a complex spiced maraschino cherry character pairing with well-integrated oak. Smooth mouthfeel with a fantastic balance of silky tannins and juicy acidity. Closes with a distinctive tasty and lingering finish.
“Testamatta” literally means “crazy head”, but figuratively signifies one with a thirst for life. It is the perfect name for Bibi’s flagship wine, the result of a combination of tradition and creativity – of strong personality and distinctive style.
“This wine is without any doubts one of the ‘Greatest’ Testamatta I made. I have a very strong image of the 2015 harvest: every single grape was perfectly shaped, weighing no more then 500 grams. This vintage is able to deliver an incredible balance, even with its concentration, creating an unique blend of elegance, structure and finesse.” – Bibi Graetz.
Vinification and ageing:
100% Sangiovese that comes from 5 of the most beautiful and old vineyards in Tuscany: Vincigliata, Londa, Lamole, Montefili, Siena. Each vineyard, divided in parcels, is harvested up to 8 times to make sure all the grapes are picked at optimum ripeness. The 5 vineyards, characterised by very old age (up to 80 years), are located in different areas and altitudes around Tuscany. The grapes go through a second selection at the winery before destemming and soft pressing. Fermentation by natural and indigenous yeasts in open top barriques (225L) with 6 manual punch-downs per day. No temperature control or “bleedings” during fermentation. After 7–10 days of maceration, the different parcels mature in old barriques for 2 years.
Fun Fact: Bibi Graetz paints and designs each of his wine labels!
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
A stunning wine. This is the best Testamatta ever made. Fascinating aromas of red fruits, tea, bark and wet soil as well as fresh leather. Full body, silky tannins and a juicy finish. I love the tension and texture of this great red. So gorgeous to taste now but better in 2021.
A rich version, with a layer of oak and flavors of black cherry, plum and underbrush. Stays firm through the tobacco-tinged finish, yet there is ample fruit here. Sangiovese. Best from 2020 through 2032. 1,500 cases imported.”
-100 POINTS (2018)
Finely textured, with a nuanced perfume that fills the glass and takes you to the intense underbrush of Tuscany. Succulent and yet savoury, this has a lilting freshness that is overlaid with ripe berry fruits, sage and white pepper spice, and clear minerality in terms of its scraping texture that makes your mouth water on the finish. Feels light and sculpted and yet has an intensity that skewers you to the spot. This is a great wine, with scope and imagination that doesn’t want to let you go. Genuinely stands out among the wines of this tasting, and these are a fine array of wines. As with Colore, Bibi Graetz selects only old vines, the youngest 50 years old from five different vineyard sites across Tuscany, all farmed organically.
“Very subtle aromas of cherries, bark, black truffles and flowers. Hints of crushed stones. It’s full-bodied, yet very tight and solid with a very tight, minerally structure. Very long and intense. Racy and bright at the end. Powerful, orange-peel and citrus-fruit undertones. Salty and minerally. This needs time to develop in the bottle. Extremely structured. A wine not to touch until after 2023.