In 1997, having elevated to the pinnacle of success, Querciabella set eyes on the southern Tuscan coast as the next fertile ground in which to set roots, literally. At the time, Maremma was untamed, still steeped in wilderness. Querciabella chose the perfect canvas, a seaside estate of 42 hectares, to plant the first vineyards in 2000, cultivated biodynamically since inception.
Mongrana 2005 was the first vintage to be released, initially exclusively on international markets. The wine takes its name – and its character – from that of the noble family of knights depicted by the Italian Renaissance poet Ludovico Ariosto in his masterpiece Orlando Furioso.
On its own epic journey, Mongrana soon hailed to the “Top 100 Wines of the World” (Wine Spectator, 2013). Bruce Sanderson picked it again in 2019 and 2020 for the magazine’s “Top 100 Value Wines” as well as one of “8 Italian Reds at 90+ points”. From James Suckling’s annual “Review of Italian Wines” to topping The Drinks Business list for the Best Unoaked Tuscan Red, it’s no longer a secret that Mongrana offers an excellent deal to those seeking complexity and depth of flavours while delivering remarkable freshness and harmony. In the words of world-famous critic Antonio Galloni: “There is so much to like here!”
The grapes of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are harvested at the peak of phenolic maturation, each variety being treated individually up to the final blend. Following gentle fermentation management, the wine undergoes élevage in cement vats for at least 10 months, until it is ready to be blended and bottled.
No animal products or byproducts are used in the production of this wine, making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
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