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: 70-130 m (230-426 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Mainly Sandstone and Limestone
Vineyards age: 18 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 6,600
Harvest: Hand picked from September 1st (Syrah),
September 5th (Sangiovese)
Fermentation temperature: At low temperature (14 – 16°C)
Period of maceration: Maceration of the skin for 1 hour (Syrah),
2 hours (Sangiovese)
Ageing: 3 months on the lees in stainless steeel tanks
In 2022, the year began with a dry winter marked by long periods of high pressure and temperature fluctuations, lacking extreme cold. In March and April, intermittent rains benefited vine growth and led to a successful flowering. Summer arrived early, with scorching temperatures and scarce rainfall, resulting in limited vineyard pathogen attacks due to dry conditions. Despite these challenges, the 2022 harvest yielded healthy grapes with higher sugar content than recent years. Small grape size and summer concentration suggest wines suitable for long aging.
Start of harvest: August 22, 2022 End of harvest: September 28, 2022 Rainfall (April 1 to September 30): 449 mm Temperature Index: 4.113°C
Beginning of the harvest: August 28th, 2021
End of the harvest: September 23rd, 2021
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 106 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3.937 °C
Evaluation: Very good
An attractive pale pink in the glass, with notes of juicy strawberry and cranberry and flowery hints of cherry blossom and rose petals. On the palate the wine is poised with fantastic freshness while the lees ageing adds to the mouthfeel and elevates the succulent red fruit flavours.
Starters, cold meats, salads, tomato based pasta, pizza, fish and vegetarian dishes
James Suckling 91 Pts