Power dining calls for a wine that impresses, every time.
Nicknamed Il Carisma, the 2015 edition of Ornellaia is one of crafted harmony. This Bolgheri DOC Superiore stalwart varies a little in its composition each year depending on the vintage conditions, and this year comprises 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 17 Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. Its exuberance makes it approachable even in youth, with fresh ripe raspberry, plum and balsamic flavours, powerful tannins and a velvety body. Savour in as early as five years through to the 2030s. $330.50 from Culina Dempsey 2015 VINTAGE IN BOLGHER
After an unusual 2014 with rainy summer, 2015 brought an extra warm summer that was particularly dry and scorching.
The absence of rains led to some water stress, but some well-timed rains arrived in August.
Overall it was a good vintage for reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, with deep colour and phenolic maturation.