With a renown that has extended from the Italian Mediterranean coast to make a name for itself on the international scene, Ornellaia has established itself as one of the greatest names in Italian wine. Founded in 1981, this jewel at the heart of Tuscany is currently under the wing of the Frescobaldi family, which gave it the honourable credentials it has today. In the span of a few decades, the house’s exceptional know-how, backed by consultant oenologist, Michel Rolland, and oenologist Axel Heinz, established the reputation of these great wines worldwide, all while reinterpreting the finesse of Italian wines in a great terroir.
The 2019 vintage was characterised by periods of freshness, which alternated with long waves of drought and heat. Although winter followed seasonal norms, a cold and rainy April delayed flowering by 10 days. The trend was completely reversed in June with temperatures of around 37°C. During the summer, this hot and sunny climate continued and the vines underwent 45 days without rain. A rainy week at the end of July nevertheless refreshed temperatures, allowing the grapes to slowly start their route towards a perfect level of maturity. Harvests began on 5 September and carried on during the month. The last week, which was cooler, allowed the grapes to preserve their great finesse as well as their beautiful aromatic freshness.
Winemaking and ageing
The grapes are gathered in 15kg crates, manually sorted before and after destemming and then lightly pressed. Optical sorting has been employed since the 2016 vintage. Vinification is plot-based and carried out by grape variety. After fermentation, which lasts for a fortnight, maceration takes place for 10 to 15 days, depending on the batch. Malolactic fermentation, which is kickstarted in stainless steel vats, is completed in barrels, 75% of which are of one previous wine and 25% of which are new, within which the wine is aged for 15 months in total. At the end of the 12th month of ageing, the wines are blended and then put back into barrels for three months. Finally, after bottling, the wines wait for another 6 months in the cellar before being put on the market.
Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia 2019 is a characteristically bright and intense ruby red.
The nose offers fresh notes of very ripe red fruit alongside a touch of balsamic.
On the palate, generous notes of red fruit can be found along with hints of cypress and eucalyptus cones. Overall, the wine is silky and supple, with an elegant tannic texture that harmonises with a beautifully fresh finish.