2015 was a vintage where everything fell into place. Coming after the challenging 2014 vintage this was excellent and much-awaited news. Farming was easy – sun, rain and heat happened when it needed to. Obtaining high quality required little effort and it was actually quite difficult to make a bad wine. Although it was a hot year it was given a 5-star rating by the Consorzio of Brunello and is considered outstanding. Without doubt, the best examples are exquisite – charming and seductive but also full of vibrancy and finesse. High altitude vineyards like Le Potazzine’s ‘La Prata’ site, generally perform better in hot, dry vintages. Picking at the right time was also critical to making successful 2015s.
It was consistently hot and dry during the growing season but it wasn’t as hot as 2003 or 2011. The year began mildly with plenty of rain during the winter months, which led to good underground reserves for the hot summer months. Spring was dry and fruit set was regular. Temperatures rose in June, and July was one of the hottest on record, with temperatures regularly over 40 degrees. August was also hot and dry (apart from some much-needed rain on 15th August) but northerly winds helped cool temperatures. Careful attention in the vineyard during the summer months (turning the soil, canopy management) meant vines avoided suffering from the excessive heat. Cool nights also helped maintain freshness. Rain in September brought welcome relief and harvest started at the end of September/beginning of October. Growers were able to choose harvest dates without the threat of approaching rain. Grapes had never looked more perfect and to the delight of growers, lots of healthy, compact bunches arrived at the wineries.
The 2015s are concentrated with intense colours but they have juicy freshness, balance and show great ageing potential.There is no overcooked fruit that I sometimes found when tasting 2011s. Luxurious textures and the generosity of the vintage makes them beautiful to drink straight away, but top wines will age very well.
We are also offering 2018 Rosso di Montalcino, which are delicious and fresh. These wines have seen less oak ageing – usually 12 months – and will delight now (2018 Brunellos will be something to look forward to). We’ve also included some top Chianti estates, alongside other sought-after wines from Tuscany and further South. Don’t miss out on the opportunity for some superb 2016s from Chianti Classico that you will be able to secure if you’re quick!
Philippa Saunders, Italy Buyer
Special Tasting Case
Available for immediate delivery. This special sample case of Tuscany Italian wines contains 1 bottle of each of the following wines:
2009 Poggio delle Rose, Castell’in Villa
2013 Rosso di Montalcino, Cerbaiona
2014 Brunello di Montalcino, La Fiorita
2017 Chianti Classico, Rocca di Montegrossi
2016 Roccapesta, Roccapesta
2015 Titolo, Elena Fucci
£168 for 6 bottles, including all taxes & free delivery in Mainland UK. Add a bottle of Tuscan olive oil (50cl) from Rocca di Montegrossi for £16.