Bright red fruits, succulent stone fruits, and a kiss of citrus dance with wildflowers, toasted bread, and melon in the effortless, elegant sparkling Bollamatta from Bibi Graetz. Bollamatta, or “crazy bubble” in English, is a rare Sangiovese sparkler, and this wine balances its juicy fruits with bracing acidity as it fills the mouth with tiny, persistent perlage. This sparkling wine is a mono-varietal Sangiovese crafted from the green harvest grapes for the estate’s Testamatta and Colore wines. This very dry non-vintage sparkling wine is ideal for aperitive.
Bollamatta is our sparkling sangiovese, realised with the green harvesting of the old vineyards, 50-80 years old - dedicated to Testamatta and Colore production. In fact, the thinning process of the bunches is done slightly late in order to have the perfect concentration of sugar to realise a sparkling wine. Moreover, it also a process of recovering all these bunches, generally thrown away.
Once the harvesting is done, we destem and a very soft press the berries. Then we leave the skins with the juice to decant for 4-5 hours, in order to extract aromas and colour. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature. The prise de mousse - second fermentation - is obtained by natural fermentation in autoclave using the wine left in contact with its lees. This process is longer than usual, 5-6 months, therefore, this sparkling wine is classified as a long Charmat method.
To Bibi Graetz, the NV Bollamatta is all about fun. The wine is crazy fun to make (he tells me) and crazy fun to drink (I can confirm). Made in the Charmat method, this cheerful Italian sparkler is a blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Trebbiano. It opens to a pale pink color and delivers large, round bubbles that are tonic and sharp. The bouquet reveals wild berry, citrus and raw almond. The wine is extremely refreshing, and those prominent bubbles serve to brighten and liven up the palate. This wine follows in the footsteps of one of Italy's most irresistible and successful wine trends: the everyday sparkling wine.
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