Two new arrivals tasted at last Saturdays tasting – Querciabella

Tasted at last Saturday’s tasting, these wines were a big hit with all those attending. From Querciabella’s Maremma estate where the attractive supple Mongrana hails and the unusual Turpino created from juice of both estates.

Founded in 1974, the estate was a pioneer in sustainable viticulture, converting to organics in 1988 and biodynamics in 2000. Only using non-animal derived products at every stage of the process.

Today the estate is one of the largest biodynamic and organic estates in Italy.

Querciabella wines straddle the divide between Chianti and Super Tuscan but makes the stance look surprisingly comfortable.

The wine that cemented Querciabella reputation is Carmintina, judged best wine in Italy, based on aggregated reviews in 2000.

TURPINO 2015 – £44

“Turpino” comprising 40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Syrah and 20% Merlot. This intensely flavoured and complex wine which combines the elegance of the Chianti region with the darker, more sumptuous flavours of the coastal Maremma vineyards.

Bright red cherries with deeper damson and blackberry fruit characters mingle with violet and rose petal notes.

A multi layered and richly flavoured palate, refined structure, a lovely energetic freshness which runs through to the finish.

Antonio Galloni – 93 Points

MONGRANA 2015 – £22

A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of plums, cherries and currants with hints of flowers. Full body, round and silky tannins with a fresh, bright finish.

James Suckling – 95 points