Sogevinus reports on ‘superb’ 2015 vintage

Sogevinus has described wines produced from its 2015 vintage as “superb”, releasing a video and report detailing the results of this year’s harvest.

The conditions experienced during 2015’s blossoming season were described as “very favourable” in the report, owing to a dry spring and overall growing season. Precipitation at its Quinta de S. Luiz in the Douro was 63% lower than the average recorded over the last 30 years. “Exceptionally warm summers in Europe” also meant that producers in the region experienced the effects of El Niño”.

“Due to the dry weather, the vines suffered from water recess very prematurely, which prompted the production of small clusters”, Sogenvinus’ 2015 Harvest Report read. “In spite of this, it is expected to be an excellent year, as the grapes are healthy. August’s cool nights have helped the vines to retain some water.”

The harvest began in Quinta de S. Luiz on 26 August – one week earlier than last year – with its team starting with the grape variety Viosinho, used for DOC Douro wines. In the first week of September, harvesting of grapes for Sogenvinus’ white Port wines and some super premium plots with specific red grapes varieties, used for both Port and DOC Douro wines, began.

Reflecting on this year’s results, Sogevinus described its 2015 wines as “superb”.

“The white Ports are rather aromatic and full-bodied, and the red are deep in colour, with smooth tannins and a rather extraordinarily complex nose”, read the report. “However, when talking about Port Wines, we know that they need time to reveal all their qualities. And so, to be able to confirm our opinions about the 2015 wines, we need to be patient. We shall wait for winter to arrive in the Douro region and only afterwards will these precious liquids show us all their exuberance.”

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