We are delighted to offer the drop dead gorgeous 2015 Ornellaia; the benchmark for all of the Super Tuscans from this knockout vintage.
Awarded a glowing 98 points by Italian critic Antonio Galloni, this lofty score puts it narrowly above its illustrious neighbours Guado al Tasso (96pts), Sassicaia (95pts), Sette Ponti’s Oreno (95pts) and Tua Rita’s Redigaffi (95pts) as one of the finest performers of the vintage across Tuscany.
Further to that it edges 2010 (97pts) as the greatest release of Ornellaia to date. For lovers of the Super Tuscans, this is simply a wonderful buy for the cellar.
More from Axel Heinz, Ornellaia's winemaker
After the unusual 2014, the 2015 vintage proved to be very regular, almost “textbook” like. After a normal, rainy, mild winter, with just a couple of days with temperatures below zero, the budding arrived on time in the first days of April. Spring was characterized by a dry and sunny weather, ideal conditions for a regular vegetative development, that culminated in a fast and complete blooming at the end of May. Starting in June, water stress gradually became an issue. July will be remembered as particularly scorching and dry, with maximum temperatures that exceeded 30°C every single day of the month. The heat, combined with the absence of rains, made us fear an interruption in the ripening process and possibly an early harvest. Luckily rain came around the 10th of August, with abundant precipitation allowed the grapes to continue ripening, also bringing a much cooler weather during the final stages. This cool yet sunny weather persisted throughout the harvest, allowing us to pick very slowly, waiting for every vineyard to arrive at the perfect point of ripeness, combining a fresh and lively aromatic quality with a perfect phenolic maturation with abundant yet silky and soft tannins. We began on the 29th of August with the Merlot, and ended on the 12th of October with the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
..wines of great vintages know how to impose themselves naturally, without force, their balance allowing them to shine without having to flaunt themselves. The 2015 vintage perfectly expresses this behavioural trait. Born during a particularly balanced harvest season, 2015 is certainly one of the great Ornellaia vintages. The usual intense colour indicates a wine of great texture and intensity, followed by a fruity scent that is ripe and fresh at the same time, emphasized by classic balsamic and spicy hints. On the palate it is rich, dense, and full-bodied, with an exceptional tannic texture, dense and velvety, of great refinement, that extends throughout the mouth. The long finish concludes with a feeling of firmness and finely spiced hints.
The unique "Il Carisma" labels were designed by South African artist, William Kentridge, inspired by the character of the 2015 vintage.
Deep opaque colour. Striking aromas of dark berry fruits and summer pudding. In the palate there is a natural sweetness of rich ripe black fruits, with depth and intensity and natural core of rounded tannic structure. A full and rich wine with a light freshness on the finish.