Belguardo


Tenuta Belguardo

Maremma Toscana DOC

"Top 100 World Wines" - Wine Spectator

Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and a small percentage of Cabernet Franc grapes, this powerful and elegant wine is the most important "Cru" of the Estate, a pure expression of the Maremma "terroir".
Winery: Belguardo
Winery location: Maremma, Toscana
Grape varieties: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 13.94%
Total acidity: 5.74‰
Vineyards location: Loc. Montebottigli - Commune of Grosseto
Soil: Mainly Sandstone
Vineyards age: 20 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 6.600 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from August 26th (Cabernet Franc), September 7th (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Fermentation temperature: 28 - 30 °C
Period of maceration: 16 days
Ageing: 18 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 70% new)
Finissage: 4 months in concrete tanks
Bottling: December 2019
Available on the market: July 2020
Production: 14000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt - 12 lt
Cases: 6 bottles cardboard box (750 ml), single wooden case (other formats)
First vintage: 2000
Ageing potential: Over 20 years
Key descriptors: Full and seductive body, dark spice flavors, enveloping and long taste
Food pairing: Aged cold cuts, steaks, mildly spicy foods, middle aged cheeses

Technical sheet

Vintage

The 2017 vintage will be remembered for its unusual and extraordinary adverse weather conditions.
At the end of 2016 the amount of the rainfall was almost near zero: below 10-15 mm at the end of 2016 and 10 mm at the beginning of 2017, with a climate particularly cold and strong northern winds.
In spring there were mild temperatures and very little rainfall, which favoured the early budding.
May brought an increase in the temperatures above the seasonal averages, which culminated in August with peaks above 40 ° C.
The plants responded positively to these conditions of poor watering, also thanks to the careful and accurate management of the vineyards and the soil, including the use of drip irrigation in the vineyards.
The analyses showed a technological maturation about 10 days earlier the seasonal average, with grapes perfectly healthy.

Beginning of the harvest: 21 August
End of the harvest: 13 September
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 91 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 2348°C
Evaluation: Good