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, the maximum expression of its native "terroir".
Winery: Belguardo
Winery location: Maremma, Toscana
Grape varieties: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14.65%
Total acidity: 6.14‰
Vineyards location: Loc. Montebottigli - Commune of Grosseto
Soil: Mainly Sandstone
Vineyards age: 18 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 6.600 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from Sept. 17th (Cabernet Franc), September 22nd (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Fermentation temperature: 28 - 30 °C
Period of maceration: 16 days
Ageing: 18 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 70% new)
Bottling: June 2017
Available on the market: January 2018
Production: 25000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt - 12 lt
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 2015 vintage started with a mild and rainy winter characterised by average temperatures ranging between 7° and 10° C. Temperatures remarkably dropped at the end of the year reaching minimum temperatures of -4 ° C, regarded as "unsual" in the Tuscan Maremma. This frost combined with the abundant rainfall in the November - December 2014 period (390 mm) improved the structure of the soil, making it more resistant to the summer temperatures and drought.
The end of the winter and the 2015 spring were cool but not rainy (spring rainfall of about 100 mm.)
The blossoming of the early varieties and Sangiovese occurred between 26 and 28 March in a slight delay compared to the previous years; this delay was further sharpened by a cool early April with temperatures slightly above 0° C, fortunately without any frostbites on young blossoms.
The blossoming of the bunches took place in the middle of May, which was a very pleasant period, with temperatures sometimes reaching 30° C and then dropping after the onset of air flows in Tuscany coming from Northern Europe without undermining the delicate fruit setting step.
The summer in the Maremma yielded temperatures well above the seasonal averages, often exceeding 30° C with peaks of 37.5 ° C in July and August.
Near the harvest, between the middle and the end of August, rainfall of 60 mm helped the vines recover a proper metabolic functioning and fully ripen.
A high-pressure system lingered on Tuscany in September, culminating with a gradual and nice harvest.
The harvest began on 3 September with Vermentino, followed by other early varieties - such as Alicante and Syrah after one week.
The peak of the harvest was reached between 28 and 30 September with the Sangiovese varieties destined intended for the production of a Morellino likely to be one of the best vintages in the last years.
The harvest ended in the first decade of October with the best Cabernet Sauvignon varieties.