80% Sangiovese, 20% Alicante Nero
The Mazzei family, owners of Chianti Classico's highly esteemed Castello di Fonterutoli, took the helm at the Belguardo estate in the 1990s after recognizing the area’s potential for quality winemaking. In the years since, the Mazzei family has established Belguardo among the top producers in this exciting, fast emerging wine region.
Serrata, a blend of Sangiovese and Alicante, is a modern and dynamic expression of the estate. “Serrata,” meaning “lock out,” is named after the property layout, which is designed to prevent animals from entering and eating the grapes.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
The Belguardo estate is located on the hills between Grosseto and Montiano, about six miles inland from Italy’s west coast. The climate is influenced by the sea, with its strong thermal currents during the spring and summer months. Low humidity, low rainfall, and a high rate of evaporation and plant transpiration all factor in producing balanced, delicious fruit.
Belguardo comprises a total of 70 hectares (173 acres). The vineyard area is planted at altitudes ranging from 70-130 meters (230-426 feet) above sea level, with south/southwest exposure. The vines are spur cordon-trained, with a planting density of 6,600 vines/ha. The well-drained soil comprises of limestone and sandstone rocks.
Grapes are hand picked from September 10th (Alicante) to September 23rd (Sangiovese).WINEMAKING
Fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks at 82-86˚F followed by maceration for 14-16 days.AGING
The wine is aged 10 months in small 225L French and American oak barrels.TASTING NOTES
Intense ruby red in color. On the nose, aromatic, with scents of ripe cherries, spice and chocolate. On the palate, a rich, balanced red. Soft and well-structured with flavors of wild berries, spice and herbs.