Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2016

Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2016

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After an unusual year in 2014, 2015 proved to be a very normal wine-making year, almost textbook. After a normal winter, wet and mild but with some days below 0°, germination arrived on time during the first few days of April. Spring was characterized, by dry and sunny weather, ideal conditions for normal vegetative growth that led to quick and full flowering at the end of May. From June water stress steadily arrived. July will be remembered as particularly scorching hot and dry, with temperature highs consistently above 30°C on every single day of the month. The heat wave, together with the lack of rain gave rise to fearing that ripening would be blocked and that early harvest would be necessary. Fortunately the rain arrived around 10th August with heavy rainfall that unblocked the ripening process, bringing with it some much fresher weather during the final phase of ripening. This cooler but sunny weather lasted for the entire harvesting period, allowing us to harvest very slowly, waiting to make sure that every vineyard had arrived at the perfect point in the maturing phase, uniting a fresh and lively aromatic quality with a perfect phenolic maturity with plenty of tannins yet still silky and soft. Beginning on 29th August with the Merlot, the harvest came to an end on 12th October with the last Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. and ending on 22 October with the last Cabernet Sauvignons.

Notes and Reviews

James Suckling (94)

Appreciate the aromas of crushed stones and currants that follow through to a full body, velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of dark-berry and walnut character in the aftertaste. Beautiful second wine of Ornellaia. Already very attractive, but better after 2022.

Product Details

Vintage 2016
Grape Varieties Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese
Viticulture Conventional
Type Red
Age of Vines 15 years on average
Vinification Hand-harvested. Fully destemmed and vinified separately by variety. Fermentation in stainless-steel tanks followed by 10-15 days maceration. MLF started in stainless-steel then finished in barriques
Elevage 15 months in oak barriques (25% new 75% second fill). Final blend done after 12 months then back to barrique.
Soil Type marine and alluvial gravels with volcanic clay
Website http://www.ornellaia.com/