Petrolo has become one of the most talked about Tuscan estates in recent years. It is situated in the Colli Aretini, bordering on the Chianti hills, in an historical area delimited in 1716 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de’ Medici as one of Tuscany’s top four wine producing zones...
The Petrolo estate was part of the old medieval fiefdom of ‘Galatrona’, the old tower (‘Torrione’) of which still remains on top of Roman foundations. Luca Sanjust runs the estate and the vibrancy and intensity of the fruit that he is getting in his wines has brought them some well deserved attention.
The Bòggina vineyard, known for its intrinsic beauty, represents the pinnacle of Sangiovese production for Petrolo, thanks to its extremely favourable position. It is planted to a density of over 5,500 plants per hectare and is cordon-spur trained. The vineyard is in the process of organic conversion; the moderately loose-packed soil with sandstone and shale, so typical of Chianti, is naturally grassed over and regularly mowed which balances the vines‘ vigour and moisture levels. Yields are kept very low (less than 0,8kg per plant), which facilitates the concentration of all components in the grape.
A significant heat-wave in mid-August advanced the grapes‘ ripening by 10-15 days, following an otherwise regular year. Sangiovese was harvested in the first few days of September, in order to prevent any water stress.
Grapes were hand harvested and were then subject to further selection on the sorting table. Fermentation took place in terracotta amphorae, sealed ermetically, and the wine was then left on skins for 6 months. Afterwards the skins are removed and ageing continued in the amphorae for a further 6 months. The natural porosity of terracotta allows oxygen to enter the wine, avoiding excess reduction. No sulfites are added at this stage,
the extended contact of the skins with the wine established a natural level of protection. 2011 was the first vintage made and just under 600 bottles were produced.
Dark garnet in colour, the nose offers playful whiffs of clay and moist earth. These are downplayed with subtle elegance, but remind you of the wine‘s unique production. The wine has a full body and a smooth balanced texture, supported by a lovely fresh acidity.
|Consultant Winemaker||Carlo Ferrini|
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