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
Training system: Spur cordon-training
No. of vines per hectare: 6,600
Harvest: Hand picked from 22nd September
Fermentation: A short, cool fermentation at 15°C
Bottling: February 2015
The lower lying vineyards were challenged by a wetter than average spring and summer meaning that careful vineyard management and selection was required to maintain a high quality. However, an extended sunny spell in September which lasted until harvest enabled the grapes to reach optimum ripeness and resulted in wines with lovely aromatics and excellent colour and acidity.
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.