The grapes to produce the Bolgheri DOC Rosso “Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia” Ornellaia, were hand picked, de-stemmed and gently crushed. Vinifcation of each variety happened separately, with alcoholic fermentation taking place in stainless steel at temperatures between 26- 30°C for two weeks, followed by maceration for a total of about 10-15 days. Malolactic fermentation was completed after it was racked into barriques. The wine remained in Ornellaia’s temperature-controlled cellar for a further 15 months. It was assembled after the first 12 months and then reintroduced in the barrels for a further 3 months. After bottling, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia was aged for an additional six months prior to release.
Since its inception, Ornellaia’s production has been influenced and inspired by the Mediterranean character of the coast near Bolgheri. Founded in 1981, Ornellaia has helped establishing this relatively young viticultural area and it is now regarded as one of the world’s most iconic estates. Painstaking attention to details, both in the vineyards and in the winery, allows Ornellaia to release every year utterly elegant interpretations of each vintage. Nestled in the foothills near Bolgheri, Ornellaia lies just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean coast. Ornellaia believes that a wine should be the most authentic expression of the terroir from which it originates and it is right here that, together with the maritime climate, the heterogeneous nature of the land and the estate – of marine, alluvial and volcanic origin – creates a distinct environment where red and white varieties can best express themselves. The importance that sustainable viticulture is an integral part of their production philosophy and is based on the economic longevity of structures and territories, the qualitative production and the enhancement of the heritage and landscape of the Bolgheri area along with its historical, cultural and ecological aspects.