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TENUTA DELL'ORNELLAIA Ornellaia Il Vigore 2019 Bottle - NO DISCOUNT - NEW*

Red Still Wine | Italy | Tuscany | Bolgheri | 75cl

£179.95 / £1,079.70 case

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Red Wine

ABV: 14.5%
Size: 75cl
Closure Type: Cork
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Bolgheri
Wine Style: Full Bodied


We are excited to announce the release of the 2019 vintage of Ornellaia which has been named 'Il Vigore'.

“2019 was characterised by a very variable climate, with alternating periods of cold and rain and long periods of drought and heat. After a fickle spring and an almost perfect summer, the drop in temperature in late September resulted in wines of great finesse and aromatic richness. A powerful, mysterious and intriguing wine, which does not reveal all its facets at first taste, but envelops the palate in the curiosity of being able to grasp its different nuances.” - Axel Heinz, Estate Director

62% Cabernet Sauvignon - 31% Merlot - 4% Petit Verdot - 3% Cabernet Franc

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.

More than most vintages, 2019 was characterized by a highly variable climate, which alternated periods of cold and rain with long bouts of drought and heat. After a normal winter, the budding took place in the first week of April. The cold and rainy conditions throughout April and May significantly slowed down the vegetative vine growth, leading to a 10-day delay in flowering compared to the average. Very hot, rainless weather suddenly arrived in June, reaching temperature peaks of 37°C at the end of the month. The weather stayed warm and sunny throughout the summer with temperatures 2°C above average and 45 consecutive days without rain. The long dry period was interrupted by two days of rain in the last week of July, bringing the temperature back to the seasonal norm, with ideal conditions for ripening. The harvest began slowly on September 5th. As usual, the last week of September saw a lowering of temperatures which made it possible to preserve a great finesse and aromatic freshness. Sunny conditions returned after another rainy event on September 21st, which allowed us to conclude the harvest of the later ripening varieties on October 4th.

The clusters were hand-picked into 15 kg crates and then selected by hand on a double sorting table, before and after destemming, and then softly crushed. In 2016, optical sorting has been introduced in addition to manual selection, in order to further increase the quality of selection. Each grape variety and single vineyard block were vinified separately. Fermentation took place in stainless steel and concrete tanks at temperatures between 26 and 30°C for one week, followed by maceration for about 15 days, for a total time in the vat of about three weeks. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in oak barrels, 70% new and 30% used once. 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. - Axel Heinz, Estate Director

“With an intense ruby-red colour, Ornellaia 2019 has a bouquet full of intriguing spicy and balsamic notes, including aromas of black pepper, sage and aromatic herbs.The wine is both full-bodied and vibrant in the mouth, filling the palate with its dense and elegant tannic texture and ending with a persistent and beautifully crisp finish.” - Olga Fusari, Winemaker - July 2021

Vendemmia d’Artista celebrates the exclusive character of each Ornellaia vintage. Since the release of Ornellaia 2006, an internationally famous contemporary artist has created a work of art for the estate and a series of limited-edition labels, inspired by the character identified by the winemaker to describe the particular features of the new vintage. 111 large formats, of which 100 3-litre Double Magnums, 10 six-litre Imperials and a nine-litre Salmanazar, are sold and auctioned off to be delivered to the cellars of the lucky collectors and, from 2019, the proceeds are donated to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in support of an innovative project called “Mind’s Eye”. Since 2012, the Vendemmia d’Artista project has been extended to each case of Ornellaia (containing six 750 ml bottles) in which one bottle out of six has a special label designed by the artist.

Since 2009, Ornellaia has donated all the proceeds from its Vendemmia d’Artista charity auctions, generously overseen by Sotheby’s, in favour of art foundations and museums all over the world. From 2019, the Ornellaia Vendemmia d’Artistaproject raises funds to support the innovative Mind’s Eye program at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.This program, created by the Guggenheim’s education department, helps individuals who are blind or have low vision experience art through all their senses. When all senses are invoked, possibilities expand for making imaginative impressions, emotional connections, and long-lasting memories. The appreciation of art and great wines involves all the senses, and it is this idea that has inspired Ornellaia to support the growth of this particular program. The funds generated by the Ornellaia Vendemmia d’Artistaproject will allow the Guggenheim Museum to further develop the program and ensure that its excellence continues to lead the way in museum programming for people who are blind or have low vision.