Super Tuscan Gem at just €25 Per Bottle - You might love this.
Petra ‘Hebo’ Toscana Bordeaux Style, ‘Super Tuscan’
Petra is one of the greatest (value) Super Tuscan wines I have come across in a long while. Unlike some of the others I have recommended ‘Hebo’ does not appear at the very top of the awards charts,or critic ratings, rather this is a wine that has gone under the radar, until now! It Is a Bordeaux Style made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grapes and my oh my, is it value for money. I haven’t come across any Super Tuscan wines worth shouting about previously under the €30 mark, and at just €25 per bottle, this one’s worth shouting about all day long.
The value I speak about is the Value ration between Italian and French Wine. I have always maintained that comparitively, Bordeaux style wines from elsewhere, offer much better value for money than Bordeaux wines themselves. Don’t get me wrong – I love Bordeaux as much as everyone, but at just €25, this wine has all the hallmarks of a second or third growth wine. It’s sublime. James Suckling Rated the 2017 vintage at 93/100 points which, for a €25 bottle of wine, is a superb score. Petra Hebo
Petra is a 300 hectare estate, created by the Moretti family of Bellavista. It 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 97 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 winemakes Giuseppe Caviola are working to ensure that the quality of fruit arriving in the winery is being captured in the finished wines. The estate is in the process of organic conversion and the winery has been designed to use the force of gravity during vinification, reducing stress on the skins and saving energy.
Bright ruby red in colour. The bouquet is full of red fruit, with hints of black cherry and blueberry. The wine has excellent balance and length with a tangy finish of blackberry and dried fruit. Unmistakable Sangiovese acidity combines really well with the fruit and structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to deliver a wine which as a Bordeaux-esque DNA running through it, and phenomenal levels of complexity for the price.
A good choice with lamb dishes, or will suit herb dominant flavours quite well.
I promise you will not be dissapointed with this one!