Belguardo


Belguardo Serrata

Toscana IGT

The warm and intriguing taste of Maremma

This indigenous blend of Sangiovese and Alicante grapes is exceptionally rich, aromatic and pleasurable. It represents the most genuine, intriguing and innovative expression of the Tuscan Maremma wine area.
Winery: Belguardo
Winery location: Maremma, Toscana
Grape varieties: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Alicante
Alcohol: 13.15%
Total acidity: 5.88‰
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 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 27th (Sangiovese), from September 1st (Alicante)
Fermentation temperature: 28 - 30 °C
Period of maceration: 14 - 16 days
Ageing: 10 months in small oak barrels french and american (225 lt)
Bottling: March 2018
Available on the market: July 2018
Production: 26000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml
First vintage: 2001
Ageing potential: Up to 5 years
Key descriptors: Rich full body, dark berries and balsamic aromas, silky sensual taste
Food pairing: Roasts, white meat stews, grilled vegetables, midly spicy sauces, fresh cheeses

Technical sheet

Vintage

In November and December 2015, the average temperatures in the Maremma were above the seasonal averages (with maximum temperatures exceeding 20° C at the beginning of November.)
Even in the middle of winter the minimum temperatures were 2-3° C, while the maximum ones corresponded to about 15° C.
The rainfall was low throughout the whole period, except for February, where many low-pressure systems lingered on the Tyrrhenian shoreline, bringing around 140mm of water in the soil.
The mild temperatures combined with the rainfall in February anticipated the blossoming, which actually took place on 10 March for the Alicante and 18 March for the Sangiovese grape variety.
A brief cold period in April, with minimum temperatures of 6-8° C, generally dry, facilitated a copious and gradual blossoming of the grapes in the middle of May.
The almost total lack rainfall can be considered the main aspect of the 2016 vintage in the Maremma, which lasted in summer. A hot June was followed by cool July and August with unusual northern winds.
In the Maremma the harvest began on 29 August with Vermentino, followed by Alicante and Syrah at the beginning of September, which were healthy and characterised by extraordinary aromas thanks to the ideal temperature changes between day and night.
After a stop of some days, marked by a rainfall of 30 mm rain on 15 September - which helped the hydration of the grapes - Cabernet Franc was harvested together with some Cabernet Sauvignon varieties coming from a skeletal, poor and stony soil.
Another stop enabled a perfect phenolic ripening of the best Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes.
The harvest ended on 10 October with the last Sangiovese grapes to be used for Morellino di Scansano.