Petrolo Torrione 2018

Petrolo lies just outside Chianti Classico on an old Roman road that evokes thoughts of a long gone time. Proprietor, Luca Sanjust excels with rich textured wines loaded with personality. In the best vintages the wines of these rugged hillside vineyards are special. ANTONIO GALLONI,

Luca Sanjust’s Petrolo estate is one of those small cult producers who for me, really captures the heart and soul of Tuscany in his wines. With one whiff from the glass you are whisked away to those rolling hills, forests and olive groves. In the land of big money and conservative offerings, former painter and avid -thinker Sanjust has really carved out his own niche, and in-the-know wine lovers flock to drink his wines every vintage.

A number of wines are made at the estate including Galatrona, one of Italy’s greatest 100% Merlot wines that rivals the best from Bordeaux’s right bank and an amphora Trebbiano but is Torrione that is both the star and the centre-piece at Petrolo.

The wine is predominately Sangiovese, making up around 80% of the blend, with splashes of Merlot and Cabernet added to the mix. The 2018 is a wonderfully exuberant incantation of this special wine. It screams Tuscany on the nose with plenty of that earthy, tobacco savouriness, ripe cherry and woodsy spice that I just love in wines like this. It is robust, but the patchwork of richness, acidity and powdery tannins means it is never overbearing, it is a joy to drink and would be a standout on the table with Tuscan fare. In another recent offer I espoused the delights of aged Chianti Classico and similarly, this is a wine I would love to see cellared as well, as I think it would only bring out even more of that Tuscan character that I adore.