This property is located between 250-400 metres above sea level in the zone of the Colli Aretini on the eastern flank of the Monti del Chianti...
The estate was acquired by the Bazzocchi family in the 1940s, and, since the second half of the 1980s, the present owner, Lucia Bazzocchi Sanjust, helped by her son Luca Sanjust, has transformed the property into one of Tuscany’s best estates. The property extends at present over 272 hectares, 31 of which are vineyards, 19 of which are specialised olive groves, planted with 4500 olive trees, 10 of which are sowable land, with the remaining land surface being forest.
The 19 hectares of olive groves comprise a total of 4,500 trees, a mix of Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo varieties. This includes 16 hectares of old terracing using the ‘vaso cespugliato’ cultivation method and two hectares of a more recent system dating back to 1986, which is irrigated and uses the ‘monocono’ cultivation method. The olive groves face east and northeast, planted on marly and stony soils. The olives are cultivated organically and are certified by the control body `Suolo e Salute`. From 2009, Petrolo has also been part of the Tuscan IGP consortium for Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
2013 was a very favourable year in Tuscany. Regular rain in spring and autumn and steady temperatures in summer allowed for healthy trees and an abundant crop. The slightly cooler than usual summer delayed the optimum maturation needed for the olives; harvest started in the second week of November.
Olives were handpicked, stored in open crates to prevent deterioration and cold pressed daily. The olive oil was obtained only by mechanical means. The new, innovative Pieralisi mill “Leopard” was used for the first time this year. Quicker and more sustainable than alternative methods as it doesn’t add any water during extraction, it obtains the highest yields on the market today. Not adding water prevents the usual loss of aromatic elements that are otherwise diluted and wasted after separation of the water/oil.
Bright green in colour with a lovely grassy, spicy perfume, this oil from cool, high altitude olive groves is spicy and fresh with a herbaceous note on the finish. Lovely intensity and organically produced.
|Grape varieties||90% Frantoio