“Le Serre Nuove dell’ Ornellaia 2016 benefits again from an exceptional vintage that highlights all the features of Bolgheri’s exceptional climate. Dark in colour, the wine shows a charming nose of perfectly ripe red fruit and spices. The palate is rich and well-rounded with beautiful velvety-textured tannins that coat the palate. A wine that combines immediate pleasure and great ageing capacity” Axel Heinz – May 2018
The desire to nurture the Estate’s exceptional qualities has shaped Ornellaia’s philosophy since the beginning. Ornellaia is a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot and the faithful expression of unique terroir developed in harmony with nature.
“What appeared to be a disadvantage for the 2013 vintage – late budding and flowering – proved to be a major advantage thanks to a warm summer and month of September offering textbook conditions for harvesting, with cool temperatures but a prevalence of sunny weather. This resulted in slow but complete ripening with great balance and a delightful aromatic quality, which we like to define as “Elegance”. Ornellaia 2013, with its dense, vibrant colour, has a nose of splendid aromatic complexity built around a limpid and brilliant fruitiness, underscored by refined spicy and balsamic notes. The mouth develops vibrant and complex fruity nuances framed by a dense, slender structure with tannins that attain a rare harmony between firmness and fleshiness, concluding with a long balanced and fresh finish.”
“2014 was one of the most demanding years in memory of, and has allowed us to produce high quality wines that are offering great delight. The late ripening of the grapes allowed the fruit to fully express its liveliness and freshness. What is particularly striking is the high quality of the tannins on the palate: silky, refined, without rough edges. This year represents the heart of the estate, Ornellaia’s ‘Essence’: its natural style, the exceptional quality of its terroir, and the competence of those who work in the vineyards and the cellar.”
The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in oak barrels, 70% new and 30% once-used. The wine then remained in barriques, in Ornellaia’s temperature- controlled
cellars for about 20 months. After the first 12 months of maturation, the wine was assembled and then
returned to the barriques for an additional 8 months. After bottling, the
wine aged a further 12 months prior to release.
“2016 represents another immensely successful vintage highlighting all the virtues of Bolgheri’s climate: abundant sunshine,
without excessive heat, a dry summer to allow the grapes to achieve perfect
ripeness and concentration, and just about enough rain to avoid stress.
All these elements combine to yield a wine that shows lush ripeness and
crisp firmness, opposing forces creating a sense of dense raciness we like
to describe as “tension”.
The artist Shirin Neshat has been chosen to interpret the character
“La Tensione” (Tension) of the Ornellaia 2016 vintage. For the eleventh
edition of the project Vendemmia d’Artista she has created a work of art
for the estate, customized a limited series of bottles in large format,
and designed a label that, expressing the vintage character.