Last month’s news event that attracted the world’s media attention was certainly the ultra-glamour wedding between Hollywood’s George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, which took place in Venice on 29 September. The iconic super-star not only choose a location in the ‘Bel Paese’, but showcased “Made in Italy” at the wedding banquet as well, where his VIP guests savoured Italy’s nec plus ultra of culinary expressions, with wine, of course. Inspired” by the great Ornellaia’s Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia was liberally poured for the guests.The wine was matched with Tagliato (fillet) of chianino beef with porcini mushrooms, anna potaotes & green figs.

2012 LE SERRE NUOVE dell’ORNELLAIA/BOLGHERI D.O.C. ROSSO- $95 per bottle (Limited Stocks)
45% Merlot – 41% Cabernet Sauvignon – 9% Petit Verdot – 5% Cabernet Franc
James Suckling – Rated 93 Points
“Lots of ripe-blackberry, mineral and dark-chocolate character. Hints of rosemary and dark licorice as well. Full body with a dense, chewy mouthfeel and a long finish. It’s very structured and powerful. Hints of walnut and chocolate on the aftertaste. Second wine of Ornellaia and what a wine. Try after 2019.”

Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26° C and 30° C for one week,followed by 10 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation, which began in the steel tanks,was completed after the wine was racked into barriques (25% new and 75% a year old). The wine remained in barriques in Ornellaia’s temperature-controlled cellars for about 15 months.After the first 12 months the wine was assembled, and then returned to the barriques for an additional 3 months of aging. After bottling, the wine aged a further 6 months prior to release.