This afternoon we are pleased to offer the new release, for the first time, of the flagship wine of Bibi Graetz, Testamatta. It is particularly exciting as it has been awarded 99 points from James Suckling, who calls it “A stunning wine. This is the best Testamatta ever made”. This marks its highest ever score, which comes from from the stellar 2015 vintage, a vintage that was superb across the leading regions in Europe. In Tuscany, it saw exceptionally dry and hot weather during the summer resulting in concentrated ripe berries. The wines have been met with real excitement, particularly those heralding from Chianti, reminiscent of the 2010 vintage. The 2015 vintage of Testamatta surpasses even the 2013, awarded 97 points and which trades at £545. We are pleased to offer the 2015 on release for £420 per case of six.
Azienda Agrocola Testamatta is a fascinating project, run by the enigmatic Bibi Graetz. Its first vintage was in 2000 and it is now rated in the top 12 collectible Tuscan producers, a stratospheric rise. Bibi Graetz graduated from the Academia dell’Arte in Firenze and switched to winemaking in the late 90s. He was faced with the choice of allowing the old lease contracts on old vineyards surrounding his home at Castello de Vincigliata to expire, or to step to winemaking. He started collaborating with winemaker Alberto Antonini, who he partnered with for four years, quickly gate-crashing the Tuscan wine scene. He received favourable scores from Robert Parker and in 2006 was awarded 98 points for Testamatta from the Wine Spectator. Soon after in November 2008, the township of Fiesole was proclaimed as member of the great wines of Italy.
Bibi Graetz comes from Italian and Norwegian heritage. His mother, née Rasmussen, married a Swiss-Israeli called Gidon Graetz. They purchased the Estate, a medieval castle that overlooks Florence, once they moved to Italy. He innovatively sources parcels from this Estate, however, he works with numerous producers from around Chianti, looking for a combination of old vines and brilliant terroir. Testamatta is sourced from 100% Sangiovese grapes and was classified as IGT, however Graetz came up with the clever idea to declassify it to Vino di Tavola, which allows him to blend up to 20% from previous vintages to ensure power and consistency. It is for this reason a true Super Tuscan rebel. He then went even further and started to implement a solera system for some of the blend. His flagship Testamatta translates as ‘crazy-head’, which attests to his love of powerful, strong willed wines, Testamatta certainly is that. It is made from vines with at least 35 years of age, which are fermented in barrqiues. During fermentation it is punched down 6-8 times a day and the final wine is aged for 18 months in French Oak. It is a wine of vibrant energy, delivering excellent power, purity of fruit, with tobacco, sour cherry and great acidity and minerality.
Bibi Graetz and especially Testamatta has a cult following around the world, which scoops up the 1,500 cases made per year. The bottle itself stands out like the wine, which Graetz, as you might expect has designed himself.
99 points, James Suckling
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.
Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2015, 6×75 - £420 IB
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