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Le Volte dell’Ornellaia Toscana IGT

2014

In a Nutshell

Ornellaia's "must try" red.

Tasting Notes

The 2014 vintage was challenging -the grapes were very late in ripening. This has resulted in a wine which expresses the crispness and freshness of the fruit. the tannins are silky and refined and without sharp edges allowing the purity of the fruit to shine through. A higher proportion of Merlot this vintage lends plummy ripeness to this refined cherry-scented wine. Just coming in to drinking age - enjoy through to 2020.

Production Notes

The different varietals were fermented separately in small steel tanks to maintain their varietal characteristics intact. The alcoholic fermentation was followed by malolactic fermentation, again in steel tanks. The wine was then aged for 10 months, partly in barrique used for Ornellaia and partly in cement tanks, to obtain the perfect balance between tannic structure and an expression of fresh fruit.

Grape Blend

70%

Merlot

15%

Sangiovese

15%

Cabernet Sauvignon

Producer - Ornellaia

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 Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. However, he did stray from the recipe a little by planting Sauvignon Blanc too.

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Ornellaia Le Volte Toscana IGT

Detailed Information

Type

Red

Country

Italy

Region

Tuscany

Vintage

2014

Size

0.75L

ABV

13.5%

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese

Closure

Cork

£21.40

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