Ornus dell’Ornellaia, is the late harvest sweet wine made of Petit Manseng, and cultivated in small parcels of land situated among the red varietal vineyards. The name Ornus dell’Ornellaia derives from the term “Fraxinus Ornus”, the Latin name for the Manna-Tree or Flowering Ash (in Italian, Orniello), which is known for its precious sap, an ancient sweetener since Biblical times, that now acts as a perfect link to the sweetness of Ornus dell’Ornellaia. And just a little further wine education for you, Orniello is also the tree which has given its name to Ornellaia, the super Tuscan red!
The creation of Ornus dell’Ornellaia was inspired by Antinori’s passion for the territory and desire to fully explore its potential to produce great late harvest sweet wines, assisted by the mild and well-ventilated climate, typical of Autumn in Bolgheri. The warm Scirocco winds during September had the effect of drying the grapes quite quickly and uniformly. This season, therefore, was characterised by an intense concentration of flavours and compounds in the grapes, as well as by richness and complexity.
Ornus dell’Ornellaia 2016, with its saturated gold colour, boasts a nose of extraordinary complexity, with emphatic notes of well-ripened tropical fruit, dried apricot, and honey. The palate is marked by a multi-layered intensity, with an impressive balance between smooth mouthfeel, self-confident fruit, and a crisp, lively acidity. A near-endless finish with subtle hints of toasted oak and crème brûlée. Yummy!
12 halves (37.5cl) have been delivered to us direct from the winery and we are offering them, as usual on a first come first served basis @ GBP49.00 per half bottle/ib ex LCB VT
Today is 1st Feb.2021, the word February comes from the Latin word, februum (purification) and februa, the rites or instruments used for purification. These formed part of preparations for the coming of Spring in the northern hemisphere! Let´s try some purifying Ornus then, and finally try and get back into the saddle of life.
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