Le Volte, 2016

  Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia

Contains Sulphites.

About Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia

Ornellaia needs little introduction. Since the very first vintage in 1985 this estate has been pushing the boundaries of top quality Tuscan wine from the tiny appellation of Bolgheri. Perfectionist levels of care are heaped on the successful harvesting of only the very finest bunches before de-stemming and then a secondary selection process on a double sorting table. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc that are present in the final blend (along with a little Petit Verdot) are then fermented varietally and by block to produce no less than 66 base wines. Each of these receives 12 months in 70% new French oak before the talented winemaker Axel Heinz assembles the final blend for a 6 months further ageing in barrique. This is precision winemaking and it goes some way to explaining the recent run of highly successful vintages they have produced.

Appellation: Tuscany

Tuscany (or Toscana) is a large region made up of many significant smaller areas that are known across the world for the level of quality that they produce. Brunello di Montalcino, Bolgheri and Chianti can both be found here as well as the infamous "Super Tuscans".

Grape Type: Sangiovese

Meaning Blood of Jove, or Jupiter, Sangiovese is the noble grape of Chianti, Carmignano, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montpulciano. A fussy grape to grow, but when done properly can produce some of the world’s most enthralling red wines. It can produce lively, sappy young reds with juicy, cherry flavours, as well as more concentrated, long-lived, oak-matured reds with superb, savoury, herb and spice flavours. Quality has soared over the last year as productive clones have been grubbed up and since the old practices of blending it with weak, lean white grape varieties have died down.