2021 Bibi Graetz Testamatta
The charismatic Bibi Graetz has only been active in Tuscany for almost twenty years, but has already achieved cult status with his pure terroir expressions of local Tuscan grape varieties. For Bibi Graetz, the authenticity of the region is paramount. No international grape varieties here, but 100% Sangiovese in all its glory. Bibi Graetz's wines are ultimately pure expressions of terroir and the unique properties of a vintage year.
“2021 it's a hit! The right word to describe Testamatta I think is “fleshy”. I say “flesh-ness” because there is a combination of fatness, transparency and freshness. It's like when you take a steak of Kobe beef, you cut it and you put it on the fire...and it just melts. This beautiful fat, which is the most amazing thing in the world, combined with the transparency and the freshness of the red fruits. This combination in Testamatta is really magical.” Bibi Graetz
The Testamatta comes from vineyards of very old vines spread across the various vineyard holdings cultivated by Bibi Graetz in both the provinces of Siena and Florence in Tuscany. The vineyard(s) are actually small postage stamp plots with vines 80 years or older, and each plot represents enological properties that have been specifically selected for its individual character or uniqueness. After manual picking and fermentation, the sangiovese matures in French oak barriques for a period of 30 months, after which the wine is bottled and undergoes further bottle aging for at least 6 months in the Bibi Graetz cellars. In the glass the wine has a deep ruby red color with an intense and complex bouquet of scents in the nose, blueberries, cherries, violets, juniper berries, rosemary, cloves and cocoa. The taste is elegant, with a lot of finesse and complexity. The wine is powerful, full of fruit with velvety tannins. The aftertaste is soft, intense and very long lasting.
FACT: In the Tab: Appendix you will find the official fact sheet of this beautiful wine. We will send it to you automatically when you order this wine. The wine is in our conditioned Wine Warehouse and if you pick up the wine you will also receive a nice discount.
The Bibi Greatz winery was founded in 2000 in the town of Fiesole in Tuscany. Bibi Graetz is considered one of the most talented winemakers in Tuscany. His father is Israeli and his mother Norwegian, but he was born and raised in Florence. He lives in part of the beautiful old castle with his Norwegian wife and 4 children.
More information about Bibi Greatz
Bibi comes from a family of artists, until he himself decided to take a different path and left the winemaker profession behind. He bought an 8 hectare vineyard with 60 year old vines. Today Graetz is one of the biggest names in Tuscany. The labels on the bottles show that Bibi Graetz comes from an artistic family, as he painted the images on the labels himself. The wines are rare and limited. Testamatta production from just 10,000 bottles per year.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Dry, Fruity, Red fruit, Flexible
|Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag