2022 Bibi Graetz Testamatta Bianco
Perhaps one of the most beautiful Tucan white wines, but only available in limited quantities. About 5000-6000 bottles are made annually. The Testamatta Bianco Isola del Giglio 2022 comes from an Ansonica vineyard on the island of Giglio. The 2022 vintage turned out to be warmer than recent years in Tuscany. The training method used in the vineyards and their location on the island of Giglio ensured a low yield with exceptionally healthy grapes.
“Testamatta Bianco 2022 is my idea of sea wine. This vintage really encompasses all the elements of the Island of Giglio. The sunshine, the sea breeze, the sandy granitic soil gave us all the elements for an elegant yet full bodied wine. Aromas of citrus blossom, rosemary and a hint of vanilla take me back to the ancient vineyards on the island. These delicate perfumes incredibly enhance the freshness of the wine creating a magical effect.” - Bibi Graetz
The grapes for Testamatta come from the best vineyard on the island: Serrone. Technically we can call Testamatta bianco a “single vineyard”. Serrone is located in the southeastern part of the island, with sea views from a height of 60 to 150 meters, terrace after terrace. The vines, up to 100 years old, grow on the island's rocky, poor granite soil. The harvest started on August 28, each Ansonica grape, picked by hand, was transported in baskets to the winery, located in the center of the island in Giglio Castello. After de-stemming and very gentle pressing with dry ice, we left the peels with the juice. After this period of maceration, the must is kept at low temperature in stainless steel tanks for about 48 hours and then transferred to new 225 liter French oak barriques for alcoholic fermentation at 20°C. After fermentation, the wine matures for 12 months on the lees (sur lie) without any malolactic fermentation and is then bottled.
Testamatta has always been identified as the image and flagship of Bibi Graetz. The Testamatta Bianco was first produced in 2016 and has already become a benchmark for white wines in Italy. The Testamatta Bianco has the aromas, flavors and character of the island of Giglio in a bottle: you smell the scent of the undergrowth, the menthol of myrtle, the minerality of the soil and the elegance of the Ansonica grapes. All these aromas are perfectly combined by the tannins and the smoked bouquet of the oak.
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.
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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
|Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tense, Full, White fruit
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe