Petra Quercegobbe Merlot 2019
Region: Maremma, Tuscany, Italy
Bottle size: 75cl
Intense ruby-red in colour, Quercegobbe displays rich aromas of blueberry jam, dried raspberries and black cherries in syrup alongside more spicy notes of cinnamon and black pepper. It is elegant with subtle herbal flavours of rosemary and liquorice, fine tannins and an enduring bouquet. This wine is vibrant and harmonious on its long finish.
Quercegobbe translates as 'hunchback oak', and the wine is named after the vineyard in which the grapes are grown. The vines were planted in 1997 close to the cellar in San Lorenzo at 80 metres above sea level, on a hillside facing the sea. It is an ideal position for Merlot as it is well ventilated. Soils here are very similar to the clays of Pomerol, where Merlot thrives, and are rich in calcium carbonate and iron, brought here by erosion and deposits from the nearby metalliferous hills.
Created by the Moretti family of Bellavista, this 300 hectare estate is situated in Suvereto in the Val di Cornia. When Vittorio Moretti and 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.