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 Boggina vineyard sits in an extremely favourable position in a beautiful setting, befitting its place at the pinnacle of Petrolo‘s production. It is planted to a density of 5,500 vines per hectare and is cordon spur trained. Yields are kept very low, less than 0,8kg per plant, allowing the concentration of all components of the grape. Petrolo are in the process of gaining organic certification for the site. As such, the moderately loose sandstone and shale soil, so typical of Chianti, is naturally grassed over and regularly mowed, balancing both its vigour and moisture.
A significant heat-wave from mid-August brought forward ripening by 10-15 days, after an otherwise regular year. Sangiovese was harvested early in the first days of September, fortunately avoiding any excessive hydric stress.
The grapes are hand harvested and then undergo a further selection on the sorting table before fermentation in glass-lined cement vats for around 14 days. Frequent manual pumping over takes place. Malolactic fermentation is completed in 40 hectolitre French oak barrels, where the wine then ages for 16-18 months, the first 6 months of which are on lees. This process affords the wine greater complexity. After bottling, the wine is left to rest for 6 months before release.
A very fine Bòggina full of intense blackberries with an underlying savoury meaty character. A full body, with intense fine grained tannins and fresh acidity leading to a firm structure. Pure Sangiovese.
|Consultant Winemaker||Carlo Ferrini|
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