Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
75cl * 14.5% * Tuscany, Italy
Ornellaia is one of the 'super Tuscan' producers and this is the second wine of the estate. Founded in just 1981, Ornellaia is now one of the most iconic wineries in the world, thanks to knock-out wines like this. Nestled in the foothills near Bolgheri, Ornellaia lies just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean coast. During the summer months, the cool sea breeze caresses the vineyards and nearby olive groves, while during the winter the hills provide protection from the cold north winds. The 115 hectares of vineyards benefit from a unique combination of maritime climate and a complex mosaic of marine, alluvial and volcanic soils.
All the grapes are hand picked, de-stemmed and gently crushed before being fermented in stainless-steel vats (each variety separately). The wine is cellared for 15 months, being blended after the first 12 months and then popped back in the barrels for a further three months. After bottling, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia is aged for an additional six months prior to release.
More than most vintages, 2019 was characterised by a highly variable climate.
After a normal winter, the budding took place in the first week of April. The cold and rainy conditions throughout April and May significantly slowed down the vine growth. Very hot, dry weather suddenly arrived in June, reaching temperature peaks of 37°C at the end of the month. The weather stayed warm and sunny throughout the summer with temperatures 2°C above average and 45 consecutive days without rain. The long dry period was interrupted by two days of rain in the last week of July, bringing the temperature back to the seasonal norm, with ideal conditions for ripening.
The harvest began slowly on 5th September. As usual, the last week of September saw a lowering of temperatures which made it possible to preserve a great finesse and aromatic freshness.
“With its usual intense colour, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia 2019 has a nose full of fresh notes of ripe red fruits, accompanied by a lively balsamic vein with aromatic hints of cypress and eucalyptus berries. The wine is soft and silky in the mouth, filling it with an elegant tannic texture and a sapid and persistent finish.”
Olga Fusari – Winemaker