Ornellaia Return with their 2020 Vintage!

Ornellaia Return with their 2020 Vintage!

Published by The Wine Emporium on 20th Oct 2023

“With its usual deep ruby red colour, Ornellaia 2020 stands out on the nose with ripe red fruits and delicate vanilla and gentle tobacco notes. Upon tasting, the wine reveals itself to be rounded and velvety, making an enjoyable and engaging first impression that entices for a second sip. The tannins are dense yet elegant and the finish proves to be savoury and enduring.” - Winemaker Olga Fusari on the 2020 Superiore


On a quest for excellence since the moment of their establishment in 1981, Ornellaia have been among the finest, most reputed estates in all of Tuscany, Italy, and the wide world of wine for decades now, with their anticipated releases late every year being major highlights for red lovers and collectors. Once you try their creations, it becomes so easy to see why; they are masters of marrying elegance with intensity, a benefit of the region in which they are grown, Bolgheri; the only coastal appellation in Tuscany! As such, the beautiful Mediterranean climate and rich soils are perfectly harmonised in their Bordeaux-esque grape blends (which first began the 'Super Tuscan' movement).

2020 has been described by the estate director as 'classic Ornellaia', as the lockdowns that year meant full and total focus could be given to producing the finest possible blend - this vintage bringing the biggest percentage of Cabernet Franc since 2016, and a return to a slightly more balanced, typical blend for the house following the Cabernet Sauvignon dominance in 2019, and the same with Merlot in 2018. 

The complex structure and endless layers of fruit are already so lovable and accessible here, but of course these are very much built to last and will reward patience through the years in such a way that only the finest reds in the world can boast. The lovely Serre Nuove is the answer to some gorgeous early drinking from the house, with its silky round palate shining in all its glory right now! 

Look below for all the notes, and CLICK HERE to email us your order if interested for when these arrive in a couple weeks time.

2020 Tenuta Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore - $489 on special ; RRP $575

Magnums available for $1,115 ; RRP $1320

// 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot 

"Estate director Axel Heinz called 2020 ‘a classic Ornellaia,’ and picked the theme of ‘La Proporzione‘ (proportion) to describe its character. Fine-grained and beautifully textured, its finely integrated tannins support a concentration of black fruits lightened by red berries. Aromas of black cherry, liquorice, dark chocolate, cedar and damp earth make for a fragrant wine, accompanied by menthol and balsamic streaks which run through the wine and impart plenty of freshness. It finishes with a stony and salty element along with some chocolatey and woody hints. Tight and moreish, its ripeness of fruit combined with freshness and structure adeptly tells the story of this earlier-ripening vintage. It lacks complexity in the mouth – this will come with time – but the array of aromas gives a hint of what is to come." - 96 Points, James Button, Decanter 

"The 2020 Ornellaia is a gorgeous, elegant wine. Seamless and wonderfully deep on the palate, the 2020 is super-refined from the outset. Even with all of its depth, the 2020 retains terrific freshness and cut to play off its soft, succulent fruit. Overall, the 2020 looks to be a relatively accessible Ornellaia that will drink well with minimal cellaring. I especially admire the precision and understated finesse here." - 96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous 

Other Scores - 

98 Points - James Suckling 

96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

95 Points - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

2020 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia - $128 on special ; RRP $150 

Magnums available for $305 ; RRP $355

// 44% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 13% Petit Verdot 

"Crafted from the same varieties, under the same sky, from the same philosophy: Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia is a proud second vin, which has the ability to foretell the personality of the estate’s flagship wine. Together, the two wines provide their own distinctive points of view. The pleasure of sipping Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia evolves over time, adding the charm of maturity to the vigour of youth. Deep ruby red colour, with purple highlights, the 2020 clearly reveals an evident and generous aromatic expression, characterised by scents of ripe red fruit. The wine is smooth, rounded and enveloping, but full-bodied and substantial at the same time, showing great balance between structure, fullness and elegance." - Olga Fusari, Winemaker 

"The 2020 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia is a generous and darkly toned red blend that has the extra fruit fiber, sweetness and generous plumpness of a warm vintage. The fullness of the fruit is on full display, but in a very relaxed and natural manner. The wine never feels like too much. The tannins are yielding and velvety, and this purebred Tuscan red wraps thickly over the palate. It's poised for near- and medium-term drinking." - 93 Points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate 

"A very pretty and elegant wine. The aromatics alone are beguiling. Crushed flowers, spice, menthol, mocha, dark red cherry and cedar all grace this super-expressive, mid-weight Serre Nuove. The 2020 is a wine of total harmony and balance." - 93 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous

If you wish to order these wines, please use the link above in the introduction to email us ? alternatively, email us at george@thewineemporium.com.au, or contact us on (07)32521117 if you have any questions. 

// Prices valid until Friday the 3rd of November

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