Vintage guide: Tuscany 2005
Tough weather conditions often mean that the best producers will have the best results
Climate conditions in Tuscany have been erratic with many producers saying it’s been a tough and difficult vintage. Earlier this summer the warm weather was such that producers were talking of drought – as experienced in much of Europe – until the rains came in mid-August.
In Chianti, producers across the board have complained about the cold, wet weather prior to the harvest. Tough weather conditions often mean that the best producers will have the best results and this is likely to be a vintage for producers who pay the most attention to their vines.
Yields are likely to be low, but not due to the initial prediction of drought. Bud-break and ripening have been far from uniform in many areas and rain, hail, mould and disease affected vines. Even in the best cases, conditions were difficult.