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Goedhuis, March 2021
Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia is the outstanding second white wine of the renowned Super Tuscan Estate Ornellaia. Made from Sauvignon Blanc alongside Viognier, Vermentino and Verdicchio, and blended and aged in a mixture of barrel, steel and concrete eggs, it is a fragrant, crisp and delicious early drinking cuvée. The 2019 is a beautiful Mediterranean wine with characterful citrus fruit, fresh minerals and startling finesse. It is the ideal bottle to open on a warm summer’s day and a perfect example of just how complex a crisp and refreshing Italian white can be.
Antonio Galloni, March 2021,
The 2019 Poggio alle Gazze is bright and beautifully sculpted in this vintage. Lemon peel, white flowers, apple and exotic floral notes are nicely delineated. This is an especially perfumed edition of Poggio alle Gazze. Lime, green apple and exotic floral notes lead into the super-expressive finish
Decanter, March 2021,
This is enjoyable, it has an attractive kick and a savoury herb edge. As it opens the register changes and deepens, with white pear and apple blossom that add interest and a succulent depth alongside the Sauvignon Blanc-dominated citrus and asparagus. Axel Heinz and Olga Fusari are the winemakers. Ageing split between barrels (25% new) and concrete vats.
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is at the centre of the family of Super Tuscans. The established was in 1981 near the village of Bolgheri by Ludovico Antinori to rival his cousin's Sassicaia. This special area of the Tuscan coastline has the perfect maritime climate for growing Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Masseto is made from 100% Merlot, and its silky smoothness have marked it out as a modern classic.
The medieval town of Bolgheri was originally made famous by the poet Giosuè Carducci who wrote about the stunning Cypress Avenue, a breathtaking and magical three mile long corridor of trees leading up to the entrance to the village. Swept away to the coastal and most westerly area of Tuscany, Bolgheri has become synonymous with wines known as ‘Super Tuscans'. Composed of classic Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc (intermixed with the occasional Sangiovese), the Super Tuscans began as mere experimentation in the 1960s and 70s. These international French varieties flourished in Bolgheri's warm, yet maritime climate which resulted in unexpected success and reknown. It is here that one finds such famous names as Ornellaia, Tignanello and Sassicaia.