94 points, “This is soft and juicy with a lovely, velvety texture and plenty of berry and currant flavours. Hints of chocolate, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with serious structure and a flavourful finish.” – James Suckling
Having conquered Chianti Classico, Querciabella decided in 1997 to purchase a seaside estate in the rugged and untamed wilderness of Maremma. Two decades later and that area is now the playground for fine wine’s elite and home to countless ‘Super Tuscans’. Here, Querciabella create Mongrana – a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that offers truly remarkable value for money considering its pedigree. Awarded a massive 94 points by wine critic, James Suckling, it’s silky smooth and incredibly refined. Expect black cherry, cassis, graphite, dried wildflowers, plum crumble, leather, chocolate, brambles and a thoroughly good time. Perfect with pasta, as that label suggests.
The old adage ‘from small acorns grow mighty oaks’ has never been more apt. When steel magnate and wine lover Giuseppe ‘Pepito’ Castiglione planted a seed in a rundown hobby vineyard in 1974, few would have guessed that it would flourish into the mighty Querciabella – one of the most ethical, pioneering and highly respected wineries on the planet. Although Pepito saw the potential, it was his son Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni that launched the estate in Greve, Tuscany, to stardom, growing it from a single vineyard into 69 hectares in Chianti Classico, 32 hectares in Tuscany’s hottest real estate, Maremma, and a sustainable, state-of-the-art winery complete with Tesla charging points for the environmentally conscious visitor. This truly remarkable man is an award-winning entrepreneur and a passionate vegan, animal rights activist and climate change campaigner. When he isn’t sitting on the board of Sea Shepherd, advising the International Anti-Poaching Foundation in Zimbabwe or investing in cutting-edge food like Beyond Meat and Vurger Co, he can be found running probably the world’s only cruelty-free biodynamic winery, Querciabella. Organic since 1988, shortly after they decided to go biodynamic. What makes them unique is that they’ve eschewed the spiritual aspects and the use of animal organs, skulls and horns adopted by most practitioners. So, as you sip Querciabella’s exceptional fine wines, rest easy that no animal products or by-products have been used in any step of the farming or winemaking process. As respected critic Antonio Galloni says, “Querciabella stands head and shoulders above any other estate in Chianti Classico. It’s as simple as that.”
£2.66 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3481890
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