ORNELLAIA 2015 ‘IL CARISMA’
- BOLGHERI DOC SUPERIORE
The desire to nurture the Estate’s exceptional qualities has shaped Ornellaia’s philosophy since the beginning.
Ornellaia is a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot and the faithful expression of
unique terroir developed in harmony with nature.
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot
‘Like people of great ‘Carisma’ (Charisma), 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.’
Axel Heinz - May 2017
THE CLIMATE OF 2015
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.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING
The clusters were hand-picked into 15-kg boxes and then selected by hand on a double sorting table, before and
after destemming, and finally softly crushed. Each grape variety and single vineyard block was vinified separately.
Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26-30°C for two week, followed by 10-15
days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in oak barrels, 70% new and 30%
once-used. The wine then remained in barriques, in Ornellaia’s temperature- controlled cellars for about 18
months. After the first 12 months of maturation, the wine was assembled and then returned to the barriques for an
additional 6 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 12 months prior to release.