Belguardo


Tirreno

Maremma Toscana DOC

A Bordolese blend with a special touch

Tyrrhenus, charismatic, proud and fearless prince of the “Tyrrhenoi”, led his people to central Italy, founding the Etruscan civilization and importing wine culture. The prince’s personality served as the inspiration for “Tirreno”, a new wine from the Belguardo vineyards that overlook the Tyrrenian sea and benefit from its breezes.
Winery: Belguardo
Winery location: Maremma, Toscana
Grape varieties: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Alicante, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 13.90%
Total acidity: 5.90‰
Vineyards location: 70-130 m (230-426 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Mainly Sandstone
Vineyards age: 11 - 16 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 6600 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 16th
Fermentation temperature: 28 - 30 °C
Period of maceration: 16 - 18 days
Ageing: 12 months in small french oak barrels (225 l.)
Bottling: February 2017
Available on the market: May 2017
Production: 47000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt
First vintage: 2014
Ageing potential: 10 years and more
Key descriptors: Intense, elegant and vibrant, Mediterranean and blackcurrant notes, with a fresh and savory finish. Extremely enjoyable.
Food pairing: Pasta with game sauce, white meat stews, baked vegetables.

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.