Belguardo


Belguardo Vermentino

Vermentino di Toscana IGT

Vermentino without compromises

This important Vermentino in purity reflects the production philosophy of the Marchesi Mazzei. It boasts personality, structure and great identity.
Winery: Belguardo
Winery location: Maremma, Toscana
Grape varieties: Vermentino
Alcohol: 12.80%
Total acidity: 6.00‰
Vineyards location: 20-50 m (65-165 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Soft and sandy, mainly Sandstone
Training system: Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 6.600 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 2nd
Fermentation temperature: 15 °C
Bottling: February 2017
Available on the market: March 2017
Production: 72000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt
First vintage: 2008
Key descriptors: Medium bodied, exotic fruit and yellow peach aromas, pleasingly mineral and sapid taste
Food pairing: Seafood, risotto and pasta with vegetables, fish soups, fish stews and grilled fish

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.