Querciabella Full Offer 2021
This is a terrific set of wines from Querciabella and winemaker Manfred Ing. These days, I find almost as much pleasure in the Chianti Classico, a wine that delivers serious quality and pedigree for the money. The 2015s exude density while also remaining faithful to their origins. Proprietor Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni deserves all the credit in the world for putting together the team to execute on his vision for making world-class wines that are aligned with his broader philosophical goals of sustainability. These wines are simply gorgeous. That’s all there is to it. ANTONIO GALLONI
The top 2016s have turned out to be just as extraordinary as I had hoped they would be. The 2016s are distinguished by their superb aromatic presence, silky tannins, layered fruit and fabulous sense of harmony. ANTONIO GALLONI
Readers can look forward to a positively stunning set of wines from Querciabella this year and in the near future. Winemaker Manfred Ing and his team continue to fine tune the approach here, but frankly, what comes through most is the tremendous passion behind everything at Querciabella. As for the wines themselves, the 2017s I have tasted so far are promising. Judging by the wines, it certainly looks like Ing and his team are making all the right moves. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous 2019
Producers made fantastic wines in almost every winegrowing district — from traditional appellations such as Chianti Classico and of course Brunello di Montalcino.
It’s interesting to think back to a recent pair of great vintages such as 2007 and 2006 in Tuscany and begin to compare them with 2015 and 2016. In general, we think the wines from 2015 and 2016 that we tasted so far seem more precise and better made than those from the last great duo years. We highly recommend buying 2015 and 2016 Tuscan wines… These are wines to marvel at in their frankness and true character. They reflect a maturity in the vineyard and winemaking that translates into real Tuscan wines. JAMES SUCKLING
Querciabella continues to storm ahead with their unerring drive to reach the very pinnacle of the quality pyramid of Italian wine. Manfred Ing and his team are given free rein by the owner, and a great budget to make any and all adjustments necessary to achieve their goals.
Every single aspect of this estate is run with the most fanatical attention to detail, the most thoughtful and considered approach to everything from their vineyard through to bottling. Nothing is overlooked in Manfred’s determined drive towards greatness. With that being said, nothing here is rushed or done without giving it all due consideration. Visiting and tasting here really does instil you with the sense that Querciabella is now a force to be reckoned with in Italy, and globally.
Biodynamic principles are not marketing ploy here. The team live and breathe the ideals that owner Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni is so focused on. There are any number of stories that I have heard that make me shake my head but that the team just take in their strides. An example of their dedication to the land they work with, Sebastiano will not allow them to shoot the local wild boar, or even fence their most famous vineyards, the source of the fruit for Camartina and Batar, as he believes they have the right to be there and they are essentially a part of the Tuscan terroir. Not many winemakers in the area agree with him when it comes to these pesky pigs. That is just one of a number of stories.
The dedication to the craft may start in their impeccably managed vineyards but it doesn’t end there. Over the last decade or so Manfred has pushed the envelope in the winery as well. A slow and steady move away from barriques and into larger format has seen the wines retain more freshness, energy, detail and definition in the Chianti.
Similarly their iconic Camartina has been given a new lease on life as the move away from the more heavy handed approach has seen the wine rise to brand new heights. A Super Tuscan in every sense, Camartina is first and foremost a wine of terroir and what stunning terroir it is. These recent iterations are radiant wines of sophistication and finesse that rival the best of the best today in terms of quality, but fortunately not price tags yet.
While we are always excited about Querciabella, this particular offer is of special consequence as it has the two new releases of Camartina from the two greatest vintages in recent times. The darker and more structured 2015s, these are wines of power and depth. Bold expressions that hold huge potential but they hold it close to their chests. Then there is the stunning 16s, perhaps the best vintage in Tuscany I have had the pleasure to taste through reasonably extensively. The 2016s are classic in the best sense of things. Bright and clearly cut with more red fruit and perfume. Loaded with energy and held in place with perfectly ripe, sweet phenolics.
It also sees the return of the stunning 2017 Chianti, which had sold out after our first shipment in mid-2020. The 17 really highlights where Querciabella is today in terms of style and quality. A seamlessly compiled wine that exudes style and class while remaining fresh and openly appealing. Gorgeous.
Last, but not least, the Batar. This gem is still a little overlooked in Australia for some reason. Chardonnay and a little tiny dollop of Pinot Blanc (a happy accident in planting that turned out to be a great gift to the wine) grown on the upper, more cool, slopes off two vineyards adjacent to the winery in Greve, Batar is a unique prospect. While obviously Chardonnay dominant it tends towards the more “classical” Italian texture in the whites. Pithy, smoky and exuberant in its broad scaled fruit profile. It’s a wine of luxurious leanings. Something to drink with rich seafood.
These have just arrived and we are offering them at 20% off for the Batar and two Camartina plus, nearly 30% off on the Chianti in six packs.
One last point I would like to make here. Querciabella Chianti has a humungous following in Australia, a staggeringly loyal fan club that continues to grow with each release. If you are one of them and haven’t tried their other wines before I urge you to do so. Camartina is one of the most extraordinary wines in Tuscany today.
We tasted both vintages there on our last visit and are extremely excited to finally have them in Australia. The downside is that we only got four dozen of the 2016 and five dozen of the 2015. They will sell out quickly so please get in early if you are interested and avoid missing out on these exemplars of the greatness of Tuscany.