THE 2010 GROWING SEASON
100% Petit Manseng
The 2010 growing season will be remembered for being one of the latest in recent years. From budbreak on, in fact, the growth stages were some 10 days behind normal, and that slow pace continued through to the harvest. A rainy spring was followed by a hot, dry Summer, which favoured optimal development of the clusters. A few rain showers interrupted the harvest in September, but adequate dry, sunny periods allowed the fruit to fully ripen. The natural drying of the grapes on the vine was very slow and consistent; weather conditions were fortunately such that the acidity and aromatic richness were preserved. Harvesting was carried out in four separate passes in the vineyard, picking only the most suitably-dried clusters, between 20 October and 11 November, right at the close of the vineyard year.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING
Upon arrival at the winery, each lot was pressed and fermented separately. After lengthy, gentle pressing and a natural one night decantation, the various lots were fermented in 100% new oak barriques at temperatures of no more than 22°C. Upon reaching the desired sugar and alcohol levels, the fermentation was arrested. Malolactic fermentation did not take place. After racking, the wines were aged for 12 months, after which the various lots were blended. After bottling, the wine was aged for another year prior to release.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
“The creation of Ornus dell’Ornellaia was inspired by our passion for the territory and desire to fully explore its potential to produce great late harvest sweet wines, assisted by the mild and well-ventilated climate, typical of Autumn in Bolgheri. This 2010 vintage, reflecting the cool, very slow growing season, appears quite “northern” in character but still very classic for Petit Manseng. There is abundant vibrant fruit on the nose, with notes of citrus, lemon zest, and minerally nuances. In the mouth, a generous sweetness is well balanced by the tangy acidity and the long-lived, mineral-edged finish.”
Wine Spectator 92
Antonio Galloni 92