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ORNELLAIA

The Ornellaia wine 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. This includes their highly regarded second and third wines, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia and Le Volte dell’Ornellaia, plus a new white expression of the Ornellaia character, dessert wine, grappa and even olive oil…
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Bottle 75cl £45.08

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Le Serre Nuove dell’ Ornellaia 2016 benefits again from an exceptional vintage that highlights all the features ofBolgheri’s exceptional climate. Dark in colour, the wine shows a charming nose of perfectly ripe red fruit and spices. Thepalate is rich and well-rounded with beautiful velvety-textured tannins that coat the palate. A wine that combinesimmediate pleasure and great ageing capacity. Axel Heinz

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Case 6 x 75cl £270.48

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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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Bottle 75cl £36.93

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2013 Ornellaia

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Magnum 150cl £305.36

2014 Ornellaia

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Bottle 75cl £121.68

Case of 6 £730.08

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2013 Ornellaia

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Case of 6 x 75cl £766.08

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2011 Ornellaia

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The impressive 2011 vintage has a magnificent, complex bouquet with a myriad of vibrant red cherry and dark strawberry fruit characters with darker plum and rich cassis aromas in the background, mingled with exotic notes of smoke and spice. The palate is opulent and silky textured with superb depth of rich cassis and damson fruit with a hint of dark...

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2003 Ornellaia

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Case of 6 x 75cl £856.08

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Clearly displays the lovely ripeness of the vintage through it's abundant ripe fruit flavours, hints of exotic spices and a rich generous texture.

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2003 Ornellaia, Ornellaia

Bottle 75cl £142.68

2009 Ornellaia

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Case 6 x 75cl £916.08

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The cool start to the vintage followed by high temperatures have created a wonderfully complex structure, with generous, ripe fruit, overlaid with a beguiling aromatic complexity. Pure, rich fruit character, complemented by chocolate and balsamic notes, with herbs and zest lift out of the glass. The extra few percent of Cabernet Franc provide a perfect framework of elegance and minerality...

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Bottle 75cl £152.68

2005 Ornellaia

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Case of 6 x 75cl £952.08

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Very expressive nose with touches of balsamic, herbs and black fruits. The palate really fleshes out into bold cassis fruit but with a tight, tannic structure. The fruit is coulis in character, with dissolved vanilla oak notes. Lovely touches of spice, smoke, even mint shows themselves with a vital core of acidity and great length of flavour. This is a...

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Collezione Ornellaia

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2015 Ornellaia

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Bottle 75cl £166.68

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Add to wishlist here.Release price valid until 30th April 2018, when the price will rise to £787, subject to availability.  Like people of great ‘Carisma’ (Charisma), wines of great vintages know how to impose themselves naturally, without force, their balance allowing them to shine without having to flaunt themselves. The 2015 vintage perfectly expresses this behavioural trait. Born during a particularly...

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ORNELLAIA WINES

When the Ornellaia winery’s founder Marchese Lodovico Antinori planned to start his own wine estate, he had an 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 wine 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 wine 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 dell’Ornellaia is vinified predominantly from younger vines, resulting in a softer, fresher expression which reaches its peak earlier. Their third red, Le Volte dell’Ornellaia, 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, Ornellaia has used Petit Manseng 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 wine 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.

Browse our full selection of Ornellaia wines, including Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia, Le Volte dell’Ornellaia and more online today. 

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