Ornus dell’Ornellaia is a late harvest Petit Manseng produced in extremely limited quantities and expresses
another dimension of the Estate. In certain vintages conditions are perfect in the tiny “Palmetta” vineyard for the
production of this exclusive dessert wine.
The name Ornus dell’Ornellaia takes its inspiration from “Fraxinus Ornus”, the Latin name for the Manna or
Flowering Ash (in Italian, Orniello), the tree which has given its name to the Ornellaia. The “Manna Ash”
Orniello or “Fraxinus Ornus” is a tree which is typical to the Mediterranean coastal area. Its precious sap has been
used since Biblical times as a sweetener and acts as a perfect link to the sweetness of Ornus dell’Ornellaia.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
“Ornus dell’Ornellaia is inspired by a passion for our land and by the desire to explore its potential and produce great ageing sweet wines, aided by the mild and especially breezy season typical of Autumn in Bolgheri. Ornus dell’Ornellaia 2014 is an intense golden colour with some hints of bronze. Complex candied orange peel, dried apricot and caramel aromas envelop the sense of smell. The palate is a great balance between the sugars and a ripe and lively acidity with flavours of apricot, sweet tobacco and slightly bitter caramel. A rich wine that is sweet but by no means heavy.”
VINIFICATION AND AGEING
Upon arrival at the winery, each lot was pressed and fermented separately. After lengthy, gentle pressing and natural decanting over one night, the various lots were fermented in 100% new oak barriques at temperatures of no more than 22°C. Upon reaching the desired sugar and alcohol levels, the fermentation was stopped. Malolactic fermentation did not take place. After racking, the wines were aged for 12 months, after which the various lots were blended. After bottling, the wine was aged for another year prior to release.