Tenuta Belguardo was purchased in the 1990s after the Mazzei family identified the potential for producing quality wines on the estate. In line with their philosophy of innovation, the family implemented an intense re-planting programme, carefully selecting grape varieties and clones. The estate is situated in the Maremma between the hills of Grosseto and Montiano, and within the official Morellino di Scansano viticultural zone. The estate is only 10km from the coast which plays an important role in the microclimate of the vineyards which cover 60 hectares and are planted with Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante, Vermentino, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and other indigenous varieties.
Vineyards location: 20-50 m (65-165 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Soft and sandy, mainly Sandstone
Training system: Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 6.600 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from August 22nd
Fermentation temperature: 15 °C
Bottling: February 2018
2017 will be remembered for its unusual and extraordinary weather conditions.
At the end of 2016 the amount of rainfall was almost zero – below 10-15 mm at the end of 2016 and 10 mm at the beginning of 2017, with a particularly low temperatures and strong northern winds.
In spring there were mild temperatures and very little rainfall, which favoured early budding.
May saw an increase in temperature above seasonal averages with temperatures as high as over 40 ° C in August.
Analysis showed technological maturation being achieved almost 10 days earlier the seasonal average and perfectly healthy grapes.
Beginning of the harvest: 21 August
End of the harvest: 13 September
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 91 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 2348°C
A brilliant pale straw yellow in colour, the wine impresses with aromas of yellow plums and peaches and some floral notes. Medium bodied, the palate has lovely minerality and refreshing acidity.
Seafood, risotto and pasta with vegetables, fish soups, fish stews and grilled fish, fresh cheese, white meats, grilled vegetables