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Vintage Report: 2015

Vintage Report: 2015
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27 Apr 2016

The best thing to come out of the difficult 2014 vintage was 2015.

Across Italy, the 2015 vintage was 10% up on 2014 to between 46 and 47 million hectolitres and 5% up on the average for the past five years.  The wet weather during 2014 meant lots of water in the soil, so water stress was not a problem during 2015, despite the hot weather in July.

Conditions were especially good in the Veneto, where a good spring was followed by good budding and excellent flowering.  Temperatures in the second half of June and all of July were very hot. July was the hottest July in 200 years, about 3.5 degrees higher than the average.  A little bit of rain in the second half of August helped, as did a drop in temperatures. The harvest began ten days earlier than usual, and there was very little rain over the course of the harvest. The grapes were brought to the winery intact, which was excellent for any grapes destined for appassimento – although you’ll have to wait a while longer to taste the 2015 ‘A’ Amarone and ‘R’ Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore.

In general, the whites are full and ripe with low acids.  Late ripening varieties like the Garganega the makes ‘S’ Soave and ‘G’ Garganega are nicely perfumed. Winemaker Alana McGettigan particularly highlighted the single-vineyard Terrapieno ‘P’ Pinot Grigio as one to watch from the 2015 vintage, with salinity and almond-like nuttiness.

It was also an excellent year for reds. The wines have good colour, ripe tannins and freshness due to a lack of shrivelling. Corvina is particularly excellent. Grapes that were dried for Amarone were pressed in mid-November, about two weeks earlier than usual.

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