Wine vintage rating 2015
2015 An excellent vintage in all European wine-growing regions.
2015 was very warm and very dry until July - the water stress keeps the grapes small and concentrated. This can result in alcohol-rich, bombastic wines. In August and September the necessary rains came, fortunately usually followed by a drying wind, so that the risk of rot was low. The individual parcels of the wineries developed very differently. High-quality wineries can handle this well these days and are not afraid of the additional effort.
Also ideal in Piedmont - a warm, dry year for very dense, aromatic wines. Even better is Tuscany, which produced the best vintage in a long time.
Weather in the year 2015
Good filling levels, good wine quality
Of course, the good condition of a wine from an old vintage depends on excellent storage. Above all, the wine must not have frequently changed cellars. Ideally, the wine will have rested in one and the same wine cellar.
But also the cork that sits in each individual bottle is very important. A perfect cork has few pores and keeps the wine stable. If an inferior cork happens to have been used in a bottle, the porous surface will begin to soak up wine and allow micro-quantities of the liquid to evaporate over the decades. Poor fill levels are the result.
A poor fill level therefore also indicates a high risk that the wine bottle could soon begin to leak.
The fill levels explained:
In the bottle neck (high fill to base neck) about 2 cm is perfect for wines.
Top and upper shoulder, ([very] top shoulder), approx. 3 cm is very good for very old wines.
Medium shoulder (mid shoulder), about 4 cm is only acceptable for rare top wines and in individual cases.
Everything below the red line should not be offered any more.