This 300 hectare estate, created by the Moretti family of Bellavista, is situated...
in Suvereto in the Val di Cornia. When Vittorio Moretti, together with his daughter Francesca, set out in search of a property in the Maremma in 1997, they asked Attilio Scienza, Italy's most celebrated viticultural professor and consultant, to help them find the best spot. Scienza came up with Petra (the name is derived from the Latin for stone, or 'pietra' in Italian), which is to the south east of Bolgheri and inland from, although facing, the sea. The estate now has 94 hectares of vineyard across three separate plots, which surround a splendid modernist winery built by the Swiss architect Mario Botta. Francesca Moretti, CEO of Bellavista and Petra, and newly appointed winemaker Giuseppe Caviola, are working to ensure that the quality of fruit arriving in the winery is being captured in the finished wines. In the vineyard, they are in the process of organic conversion, while the gravity-fed winery has been designed to ensure as gentle a treatment of the grapes, must and wine as possible.
Quercegobbe translates as 'hunchback oak' named after the vineyard in which the grapes are grown. The vines were planted in 1997 close to the cellar in San Lorenzo, on the edge of the Mediterranean maquis, on a hillside facing the sea. It is an ideal position for Merlot as it is well-ventilated. The soil is very similar to the clays of Pomerol, where Merlot thrives. The soil is rich in manganese and metals, brought here by erosion and deposits from the nearby Metalliferous Hills.
2013 was a good vintage, characterised by abundant rains during winter and spring, which delayed budburst and fruit set. Temperatures increased from mid-July, encouraging the growth of the vines. Cool weather in August further slowed the already-delayed growth of the vines. However, long, slow ripening kept acidity levels fresh and promoted maturation without excessive sugar levels.
The grapes were harvested in the coolest hours of the day and the wine was left to ferment in conical wooden vats at a controlled temperature. At the end of the process, it was aged for 15 months, first in new 600-litre demi-muids and then in barriques. Complete malolactic fermentation took place during this period. The wine continued to age for a further 10 months in bottle before release.
Intense ruby-red in colour. Rich aromas of red fruits with subtle notes of spice, balsamic traces and eucalyptus. Extremely elegant with a pleasant mineral flavour, fine tannins and an enduring bouquet. Body, alcohol content and acidity are all well balanced. Persistent, vibrant and harmonious on the finish.
|Grape varieties||100% Merlot|
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