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.
Vineyard location: 70-130 metres above sea level. South south-west exposure
Soil: Mainly sandstone and limestone
Vine Age: 13 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
No. of vines per hectare: 6,600
Harvest: Hand picked from 3rd September
Fermentation temperature: 27 – 29° C
Period of maceration: 14 – 16 days
Ageing: 14 months in small French oak barrels (225 litre / 40% new)
Bottling: June 2014
The winter months saw heavy rain with average temperatures so vegetative growth of the plants started as expected. Bud break and flowering took place as usual and fruit set occurred under optimum conditions. From mid-May temperatures increased significantly and a prolonged period without rainfall set in and lasted until the end of September. Harvest began on 25th August, with the Sangiovese grapes being picked from 3rd September. The grapes harvested were healthy and yields were good.
Bright garnet in colour, this wine has great depth of opulent cherry fruit. A judicious use of oak adds a spicy vanilla note to the perfume and a richness to the palate. Exceptionally long length with a supple finish.
Pasta with rich and spicy sauces, red meats, barbecued meats, roast lamb.
Ageing Potential: Up to eight years
Morellino di Scansano DOCG