Bibi Gratetz is an arts graduate (he does his own label art) with Norweigan/Israeli parentage. His family owned Castello di Vincigliata in Tuscany, in Fiesole, just north of Florence, and it’s with the 2 hectares of vines on this property that he first stated making wines, back in 2000.
He then began searching out old parcels of vines to work with, started working with Alberto Antonini, and he now has 37 hectares of vines throughout Tuscany. He only works with indigenous varieties. This wine is made from 100% Sangiovese vines of at least 35 years, and is fermented in open top barriques. During fermentation there are 6-8 punch downs a day, and then the wine is aged for 18 months in French oak.
Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2012 IGT Toscana, Italy
13.5% alcohol. This is a lovely varietal Sangiovese. It’s fresh and lively with nice grippy structure under the spicy cherry and plum fruit, and there are notes of prunes, tar and balsamic vinegar in the background. There’s lovely acidity on the palate with a hint of citrus peel and nice savoury, grippy structure. This wine has nice detail, and lots of potential for development. 94/100
UK agent: Alliance Wine
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