Ornus dell’Ornellaia is a late harvest Petit Manseng produced in extremely limited quantities and gives yet another dimension to the Estate. In certain vintages conditions are perfect in the tiny “Palmetta” vineyard for the production of this exclusive dessert wine.
The year 2014 will be remembered as one of the most unusual in Ornellaia’s history. A warm and wet winter was followed by a mild and dry spring which allowed for regular vegetative vine growth with punctual and normal flowering. After a standard July, August was cold and wet. Whilst these conditions certainly created a challenge for ripening the red varieties, for the white the same conditions created soils favourable for ripening, with cooler temperatures and no great water stress, two essential factors for the full expression of their aromatic potential and for retaining a fresh zesty acidity. The dry and sunny weather in September, with a remarkable night time change in temperature, provided the perfect conditions for over-ripening the grapes, with an excellent balance between sugar levels and acidity: harvest took place in three steps between 17th September and 28th October.