Belguardo


Belguardo Vermentino

Vermentino di Toscana IGT

Vermentino without compromises

This important Vermentino reflects the production philosophy of the Marchesi Mazzei. It boasts personality, structure and smoothness accented by pleasant yellow peach notes.

Appellation: Vermentino di Toscana IGT
Winery location: Loc. Montebottigli - Commune of Grosseto
Grape varieties: Vermentino
Alcohol: 13,10% vol.
Total acidity: 6,60‰
Vineyards location: 70-130 m (230-426 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Mainly Sandstone and Limestone
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 6,600
Harvest: Hand picked from September 11th
Fermentation temperature: At low temperature (15°C)
Bottling: February 2014
Available on the market: March 2014
Production: 33,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt
First vintage: 2008
Key descriptors: Medium bodied, large fruit (yellow peach) aromas, pleasingly mineral taste
Food pairing: Fish soups and stews, vegetable risotto, grilled seafood and fish


Technical sheet

Vintage

2012 winter was very rainy and characterized by catastrophic events, such as the storms that hit the Maremma with rainfall exceeding 500 mm in November. The rain level throughout the whole winter was 800 mm.
The rain was frequent but not heavy even in the spring time, slightly over 100 mm, while in the summer high-pressure systems protected the coast from the rain.
Winter temperatures were above the average and rarely dropped below 0° C, and the coolness persisted also in spring with minimum temperatures lower than 9° C at end of May, which is rather unusual for the Maremma. The summer was sunny but not hot, with temperatures constantly below 30° C, except for a very short period in August with peaks of 35° C, when however the temperature changes between day and night were equal to at least 15° C, an ideal condition for the proper ripening of the grapes.
The ripening was actually perfect, in line with the natural progress of the varieties grown by company.
The harvest began on 9 September with Merlot, immediately followed by Alicante, Vermentino and Syrah. The favourable weather conditions of September allowed the harvest of Sangiovese to be delayed until October. The Cabernet varieties were harvested between 10 and 14 October, with an excellent technological and phenolic ripening.
Beginning of the harvest: 9 September
End of the harvest: 14 October
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 181 mm
Evaluation: Very good