With a reputation that has migrated from the Italian Mediterranean coast to take its place on the international stage, Ornellaia stands out as one of the greatest Italian names. Founded in 1981, this jewel in the heart of Tuscany is today cared for by the Frescobaldi family who gave it its reputation. In the space of a few decades, the exceptional know-how of the house, supported by consultant oenologist Michel Rolland and oenologist Axel Heinz, established the reputation of these great wines throughout the world while reinterpreting the finesse of Italian wines in the light of a unique terroir.
The 2019 vintage is characterised by its cooler spells followed by long waves of drought and heat. While winter followed seasonal norms, the cold and rainy month of April delayed flowering by 10 days. In June, the trend was completely reversed with temperatures around 37 degrees. During the summer, this warm and sunny climate continued and the vines went 45 days without rain. However, a rainy week at the end of July refreshed the temperatures, which allowed the grapes to start their slow progress towards perfect ripening. The harvest began on 5 September and continued throughout the month. The last week, a little fresher, allowed the grapes to preserve their great finesse as well as their beautiful aromatic freshness.
Vinification and ageing
The berries are harvested at perfect maturity with the greatest of delicacy before being sent to the cellar. There the different grape varieties are fermented separately in small steel vats in order to enhance their singularities. Both alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation take place in the steel vats. Then, for 10 months, the wine ages partly in barrels used for the Ornellaia cuvée and partly in cement vats. This choice is an example of the importance that Ornellaia attaches to the search for the perfect balance between the structure of the tannins and the expression of the fresh fruit.
The Volte dell'Ornellaia 2019 has a brilliant ruby colour.
The aromatic bouquet fully expresses the intensity of red berries and rose petals.
In the mouthThe Volte dell'Ornellaia 2019 embodies a charming wine that is very pleasant to drink. In the mouth, the scents translate into ample and enveloping flavours marked by dense tannins and lively acidity. This cuvée marvellously combines Mediterranean generosity with a beautiful complexity in a full expression the Ornellaia philosophy.