A guide to the 2015 vintage: Spain
On the whole 2015 was a good year for Spain. The summer heat was offset by September rains, which lead to incredibly well-developed fruit. It was a year for both white and red grapes to perform, despite the early heat.
• July was exceptionally hot with temperatures exceeding 40C on several occasions. There were some localised problems in September following the storms and hail, but this didn’t affect producers with the resources to protect their vines.
• 2015 was generally a healthy vintage, with the harvest starting early in many areas due to the hot summer – Rioja Alta started in mid-September, instead of the usual October.
• Alcohol levels seem to be lower than 2014, with slightly fresher acidity and ripe tannins.
• This area received some rain in spring, but the temperatures weren’t too high over the summer.
• Quality is excellent across the board, with no symptoms of water stress. The fruit matured slower than normal and was incredibly well-balanced.
• The most significant factor shaping the 2015 growing season in Galicia was the lack of rainfall. Normally, some rain would be expected during the summer, but this year saw no significant precipitation for around three months. The result was very healthy fruit, albeit smaller berries and lower yields.
• Harvest took place during the second week of September and it is expected to be an excellent vintage.
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- 29th October 2015