Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia

BOLGHERI DOC ROSSO

Coming primarily from the Estate’s younger vineyards and made with the same passion and attention to detail as Ornellaia, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia is a true “second vin”. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia combines generosity and depth of flavour with an engaging and vibrant personality.

THE 2011 GROWING SEASON

57% Merlot

17% Cabernet Sauvignon

14% Petit Verdot

12% Cabernet Franc

After a significantly delayed 2010 vintage, 2011 was marked by very hot, dry weather, which brought on an earlier than average  harvest. A rainy winter was followed by a warmer than normal spring, bringing forward the start of the vine growth cycle by as much as 10 days. Budbreak was particularly rapid and  even, which, as experience shows, is a very hopeful sign of a great vintage. Growth was then slowed by cooler conditions in June and July. The rain came at the right time: after flowering and during ‘veraison’, which favoured optimal cluster development.  A surge of heat in late August further encouraged the ripening process, bringing the start of harvest to the last week in August. September’s weather was sunny and rainless with perfect conditions yielding concentrated grapes with an ideal balance between ripe tannins, crisp acidities, and rich, ripe aromas. Exceptionally, harvesting concluded in the final days of September.

VINIFICATION AND AGEING

The grapes were handpicked into 15 kg baskets. The bunches were graded and selected by hand on a double sorting table, before and after destemming, and finally soft-pressed. Each varietal and single vineyard block was vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26° C and 30° C for one  week, followed by 10 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation, which began in the steel tanks, was completed after the wine was racked into barriques (25% new and 75% a year old). The wine remained in barriques in Ornellaia’s temperature-controlled cellars for about 15 months. After the first 12 months the wine was assembled, and then returned to the barriques for an additional 3 months of aging. After bottling, the wine aged a further 6 months prior to release.

WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES

“Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia 2011, a dense, concentrated wine yet at the same time elegant and smooth, expresses perfectly the superb quality of the 2011 vintage. A remarkably emphatic nose is laden with well-ripened wild red berryfruit, spice, and peppery balsam. In the mouth, its superb ripeness immediately impresses, as do the silky, high-gloss tannins, dense-packed yet supple. It displays significant ageing potential, but is perfectly enjoyable today.”

Axel Heinz – April 2013

RATINGS

Wine Advocate 94

Wine Spectator 88

James Suckling 93

Antonio Galloni 94

Falstaff 92+

THE 2011 GROWING SEASON

57% Merlot

17% Cabernet Sauvignon

14% Petit Verdot

12% Cabernet Franc

After a significantly delayed 2010 vintage, 2011 was marked by very hot, dry weather, which brought on an earlier than average  harvest. A rainy winter was followed by a warmer than normal spring, bringing forward the start of the vine growth cycle by as much as 10 days. Budbreak was particularly rapid and  even, which, as experience shows, is a very hopeful sign of a great vintage. Growth was then slowed by cooler conditions in June and July. The rain came at the right time: after flowering and during ‘veraison’, which favoured optimal cluster development.  A surge of heat in late August further encouraged the ripening process, bringing the start of harvest to the last week in August. September’s weather was sunny and rainless with perfect conditions yielding concentrated grapes with an ideal balance between ripe tannins, crisp acidities, and rich, ripe aromas. Exceptionally, harvesting concluded in the final days of September.

VINIFICATION AND AGEING

The grapes were handpicked into 15 kg baskets. The bunches were graded and selected by hand on a double sorting table, before and after destemming, and finally soft-pressed. Each varietal and single vineyard block was vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26° C and 30° C for one  week, followed by 10 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation, which began in the steel tanks, was completed after the wine was racked into barriques (25% new and 75% a year old). The wine remained in barriques in Ornellaia’s temperature-controlled cellars for about 15 months. After the first 12 months the wine was assembled, and then returned to the barriques for an additional 3 months of aging. After bottling, the wine aged a further 6 months prior to release.

WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES

“Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia 2011, a dense, concentrated wine yet at the same time elegant and smooth, expresses perfectly the superb quality of the 2011 vintage. A remarkably emphatic nose is laden with well-ripened wild red berryfruit, spice, and peppery balsam. In the mouth, its superb ripeness immediately impresses, as do the silky, high-gloss tannins, dense-packed yet supple. It displays significant ageing potential, but is perfectly enjoyable today.”

Axel Heinz – April 2013

RATINGS

Wine Advocate 94

Wine Spectator 88

James Suckling 93

Antonio Galloni 94

Falstaff 92+

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