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June 27, 2016

Querciabella Camartina 2011 – 95 Pts Suckling

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Querciabella Camartina 2011 – 95 Pts Suckling 

6×75 – £295 IB
or £368.98 Duty and VAT paid

Querciabella is firmly established among the elite Tuscans and famed for two wines: their white Burgundy styled Chardonnay blend, which danced with the polemical when it was named provocatively Batard; now renamed Batar. Their most prominent and celebrated wine is the leading Super Tuscan wine Querciabella Camartina, a veritable powerhouse. This morning, we are very pleased to offer the newest release of Camartina, the 2011. Camartina is famed for juxtaposing balance, elegance and harmony with complexity, depth of flavour and longevity. The 2011 is magnificent, the personification of these extant qualities, a Camartina for the ages.

2011 saw a hot growing season in Tuscany, April was cooler than normal but a heat wave arrived from Africa in August, resulting on a very ripe vintage, displaying some of the fleshiness of 2009. Querciabella’s high altitude Greve holdings benefited from the heat, the vineyards altitude creating diurnal changes which enhanced the freshness and balance, producing one of their finest ever vintages. The 2011 has received two of its highest ever scores, Antonio Galloni has awarded it 94 points, saying ‘The 2011 Camartina isn’t a blockbuster, instead it is a wine that impresses for its balance and overall harmony.’ James Suckling has awarded it 95 points, describing it as The 2011 Camartina is rich, layered and exquisite in the glass. Fine, silky tannins provide the backdrop as this super-refined, polished Tuscan red shows off its personality.’  Our release price of £295 per case of 6 bottles, represents incredible value.

There is just something special about Camartina, it is the closest thing you will find to a red Burgundy that Tuscany or the Sangiovese grape will probably ever produce, yet at the same time, it embodies a good deal of Bordeaux. After all, it was the design of the late Giuseppe Castiglioni, who was part of the original Super Tuscan vanguard in the early 1970s. Camartina synthesises Pauillac’s style, power and complexity, without losing any of the earthy minerality and sweetness that help define the Super Tuscans. Today the Estate’s wines, in particular Camartina, are considered peers of Solaia, Tignanello and Fontodi Flaccianello. In fact, Querciabella is part of the elite cadre of estates which along with Tignanello and Solaia boast the acclaimed consultant Giacomo Tachis.

The Estate occupies a prime locality in the municipalities of Greve, Panzano, Radda and Gaiole and the 74 hectare Estate is surrounded by natural forests. Adding to this they have their prime 32 hectare vineyard in Maremma, on the glorious Etruscan coast. The grapes are cultivated organically (since 1988) and are now fully biodynamic (since 2000). The grapes are destemmed, not crushed and undergo 12 and 20 days maceration for the Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon respectively. This fully extracts the ripe tannin and phenolics, stabilising the wine beautifully. The wine is aged in 100% French oak, 40% new and 60% with one year’s age. Camartina is made without using any animal products and is among the few truly great wines suitable for vegans.

The very low production and commitment to quality results in the Estate never releasing a less than worthy vintage. The rising acclaim of Querciabella means that Camartina is released in small quantities and is a prized wine for any collector: the 2011 is approachable now but will cellar for another 20 years or more – making it a strong addition to any serious Italian collection.

James Suckling, 95 Points 
A dense, rich red with dried-berry, orange-peel and chocolate character. Full body, soft, silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish.

Antonio Galloni, 94 Points 
The 2011 Camartina is rich, layered and exquisite in the glass. Fine, silky tannins provide the backdrop as this super-refined, polished Tuscan red shows off its personality. These hillside vineyards above Greve often yield wines of total finesse. That is certainly the case here. The 2011 Camartina isn’t a blockbuster, instead it is a wine that impresses for its balance and overall harmony. 2015-2026

To buy this wine please click here or telephone +44 (0)203 195 8055. Offer subject to availability.