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.