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ORNELLAIA

The Ornellaia estate is known for its eponymous Super-Tuscan blend of (largely) Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. But it offers much more - exclusively distributed in the UK by Armit Wines - including its highly regarded second and third wines, Le Serre Nuove and Le Volte, plus a new white expression of the Ornellaia character, dessert wine, grappa and even olive oil…
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A late vintage with a long period of ripening, 2014 presented us with wines that generate a great amount of pleasure. Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2014 has a ruby color of medium intensity. On the nose it develops fresh crisp fruit aromas underpinned by fine notes of spice. The palate is of medium weight with notes of red berry fruit....

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2014 Le Serre Nuove, Ornellaia

Bottle 75cl £42.00

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‘2015 was one those years that every winemaker dreams of having at least once in his career. The balanced season with a warm and sunny summer, but with a cool, dry weather during the harvest produced wines that perfectly denotethe seasonal trend. Rarely do we find a perfect balance between the various components of the wine, from the deep...

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2015 Le Volte, Ornellaia

Bottle 75cl £21.00

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Le Serre Nuove is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It combines the structure and balance of Ornellaia with the freshness and accessibility of a wine destined for younger drinking. The 2012 has an intoxicating and heady bouquet with opulent and exotic sweet cassis fruit characters complimented by rich spicy notes and dark smoky/savoury aromas....

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2012 Le Serre Nuove, Ornellaia

Bottle 75cl £42.00

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A late vintage with a long period of ripening, 2014 presented us with wines that generate a great amount of pleasure. Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2014 has a ruby color of medium intensity. On the nose it develops fresh crisp fruit aromas underpinned by fine notes of spice. The palate is of medium weight with notes of red berry fruit....

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2014 Le Serre Nuove, Ornellaia

Magnum 150cl £105.20

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Wonderful gold colour, boasts a nose of extraordinary complexity, with emphatic notes of dried apricot and honey. The silky, smooth, elegant, sophistication that oozes from this sweet delight makes it the perfect digestif.

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2011 Ornus, Ornellaia

Bottle 37.5cl £55.00

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On the nose it expresses intense and refined notes of mature citrus fruit, exotic fruit and white flowers. On the palate it is fleshy and juicy with a vibrant, crystalline fruitiness which perfectly reflects the sunny, but not excessively hot year.  The long lingering fruity finish leaves the palate clean and fresh.
Axel Heinz, Winemaker

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2015 Poggio Alle Gazze, Ornellaia

Bottle 75cl £42.00

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2014 Ornellaia, Ornellaia

Magnum 150cl £275.20

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Juicy blackberries and cherries with notes of wild herbs and spice. Vivacious and refreshing this is a complete pleasure to drink from release. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese Le Volte is a wonderful introduction to the wines of this great estate.

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2011 Le Volte, Ornellaia

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2011 Le Volte

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Juicy blackberries and cherries with notes of wild herbs and spice. Vivacious and refreshing this is a complete pleasure to drink from release. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese Le Volte is a wonderful introduction to the wines of this great estate.

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2011 Le Volte, Ornellaia

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2015 Le Serre Nuove

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2014 Le Serre Nuove

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A late vintage with a long period of ripening, 2014 presented us with wines that generate a great amount of pleasure. Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2014 has a ruby color of medium intensity. On the nose it develops fresh crisp fruit aromas underpinned by fine notes of spice. The palate is of medium weight with notes of red berry fruit....

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2014 Le Serre Nuove, Ornellaia

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2014 Le Volte

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70% Merlot, 15% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon "The 2014 vintage was the most challenging in our memory, but has nevertheless enabled us to produce high quality wines that give immense pleasure. The late ripening of the grapes have made it possible to express the crispness and freshness of the fruit to best effect. What is striking is the high quality...

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2014 Le Volte, Ornellaia

Bottle 75cl £21.00

2015 Le Volte

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Case of 6 £126.00

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‘2015 was one those years that every winemaker dreams of having at least once in his career. The balanced season with a warm and sunny summer, but with a cool, dry weather during the harvest produced wines that perfectly denotethe seasonal trend. Rarely do we find a perfect balance between the various components of the wine, from the deep...

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2015 Le Volte, Ornellaia

Bottle 75cl £21.00

2014 Le Serre Nuove

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A late vintage with a long period of ripening, 2014 presented us with wines that generate a great amount of pleasure. Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2014 has a ruby color of medium intensity. On the nose it develops fresh crisp fruit aromas underpinned by fine notes of spice. The palate is of medium weight with notes of red berry fruit....

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2014 Le Serre Nuove, Ornellaia

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2010 Ornus

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Wonderful gold colour, boasts a nose of extraordinary complexity, with emphatic notes of dried apricot and honey. The silky, smooth, elegant, sophistication that oozes from this sweet delight makes it the perfect digestif.

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2010 Ornus, Ornellaia

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2011 Ornus

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Wonderful gold colour, boasts a nose of extraordinary complexity, with emphatic notes of dried apricot and honey. The silky, smooth, elegant, sophistication that oozes from this sweet delight makes it the perfect digestif.

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2011 Ornus, Ornellaia

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2009 Ornus

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Ornus dell¿Ornellaia 2009, with its saturated gold colour, boasts a nose of extraordinary complexity, with emphatic notes of well-ripened tropical fruit, dried apricot, and honey. The palate is marked by a multi-layered intensity, with an impressive balance between smooth mouthfeel, self-confident fruit, and a crisp, lively acidity. A near-endless finish with subtle hints of toasted oak and crème brûlée.

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2009 Ornus, Ornellaia

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2015 Le Serre Nuove

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2016 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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2015 Le Serre Nuove

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“With an intense colour and youthful appearance, its intense and ripe fruity aroma with subtle spicy and toasted highlights are detected on the nose. Well-rounded and satin-smooth on the palate, great texture and harmoniously balanced, with a succulent fruitiness which ends with a zesty finish with no sharp edges, freshened by balsamic notes.”
Axel Heinz, Winemaker

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When Ornellaia’s founder Marchese Lodovico Antinori planned to start his own wine estate, he had a pretty impressive example to follow within his own family. His brother Piero had helped their cousin Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta to transform Tenuta San Guido from a limited producer of Bordeaux-style red wine into the winemaker behind the first great Super-Tuscan, Sassicaia. From the start, the plan was based on not deviating too far from a winning formula. The Marchese acquired property adjoining the San Guido estate to the south, in the coastal hills of Bolgeri, west of Siena. Like his familial neighbours, he eschewed Tuscany’s favourite grape, Sangiovese, in favour of planting Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, and Merlot. However, he did stray from the recipe a little by planting Sauvignon Blanc too.

At the turn of the century, the reigns were taken by the combined expertise of the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi Winery (and later Tenute di Toscana under the control of the Frescobaldi, with Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja at the helm), which provided fresh impetus and serious investment to ensure the growing reputation of Ornellaia would meet its full potential. Armit Wines has been proud to be the exclusive UK importer of Ornellaia for over 20 years, through the various changes of ownership, and has extended that relationship to the estate’s other great wines, including Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia and Le Volte dell’Ornellaia.

The estate’s 76 hectares contains dozens of different parcels with individual characteristics. The soil can be volcanic, limestone, alluvial sand or marine clay. As well as the land around Ornellaia itself, there is a separate enclave to the north of Bolgheri called Bellaria, with pebbly clay and sandstone, younger vines and more exposure to sea breezes. As a result it produces lighter styles which are used to balance the more robust wine from the Ornellaia vineyard.

The individual characteristics of the different plots is maintained by painstaking quality control at every point of winemaking, under the guidance of Axel Heinz. As harvest approaches, biochemical analysis and good old-fashioned tasting of grapes establishes acidity and tannin content, among other factors. From that, the timing of hand-picking and method of vinification is decided. Grapes are double-selected, with a first table grading bunches, before a second table removes all vegetation. For Ornellaia’s first wine, 60 separately vinified base wines, each aged for 12 months in oak, are married in the final blend before returning to oak barrels for a further six months.

Ornellaia is known for its sumptuous, rich personality in comparison to its more subtle and severe local rival. It is a complex blend, with perfume and spice added by Cabernet Franc and the late-ripening Petit Verdot. But it is principally an expression of Merlot, which is in almost equal proportion to Cabernet Sauvignon. Axel Heinz actually believes Coastal Tuscany’s conditions suit Merlot better than Cabernet Sauvignon, and the darker Bordeaux grape takes the lead in the estate’s second wine, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia (with the same four grapes). Le Serre Nuove is vinified predominantly from younger vines, resulting in a softer, fresher expression which reaches its peak earlier. Ornellaia’s third red Le Volte can be even more Merlot-dominated, but includes the initially rejected Sangiovese, for a more approachable blend which emphasises that opulent black-fruit Ornellaia personality.

The planting of white wine grapes, for which current winemaker Axel Heinz accepts Tuscany is not well regarded, has paid off. As well as the estate’s Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia (“magpie knoll”), which is usually 100% Sauvignon Blanc, Axel has also produced - since the 2013 vintage (released in 2015) - a white expression of the estate’s philosophy: Ornellaia Bianco. It is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier (with a little Petit Manseng in 2014) from three small vineyards, bottled in limited quantities.

Since 2008, Petit Manseng has also been used in an even more limited-edition release, the dessert wine, Ornus dell’Ornellaia. The roots of the estate’s name are found in the Fraxinus Ornus, or flowering ash tree, typical to the Tuscan coast. Its sap was traditionally used as source of sugar in Mediterranean, so it seemed an appropriate name for this sweet wine with dried apricot, tropical fruit, caramel and honey notes. It is produced only in certain vintages from the tiny Palmetta vineyard.

Ornellaia can fill a post-prandial glass too, as some of the pomace from the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is refined in copper pot stills to capture the Ornellaia essence from copper stills. This Eligo dell’Ornellaia grappa is then aged for three years - twice as long as necessary for Riserva classification - and blended with older vintages to produce a silky golden spirit with incredible depth.

The Ornellaia estate could be a Tuscan theme park - albeit one with a wonderful piece of sympathetic modern architecture as the main winery building. The surrounding land is threaded with chalky white pathways, lined with tall cedars; while the vineyards are sheltered by olive groves, which also provide olive oil. Olio dell’Ornellaia, also distributed exclusively in the UK by Armit Wines, is produced with just as much assiduous attention to detail as the wine, with several cultivars used, hand selection and pressing within two hours of picking.

 

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