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Home News > November 2017 > Tasters warned to beware of 2015's

Next year’s Sommelier Wine Awards judges have been warned to be on the look out for a lot of super-ripe wines, on the back of the sun-filled 2015 vintage.

At a workshop for the competition’s Senior Judges, team leader Annette Scarfe MW told them that ‘there will be a lot of those wines around – and you need to make sure that they don’t influence how you taste the other wines in the line-up.’

At the workshop our tasters were put through their paces with a flight of Chablis that mixed wines from warmer and cooler years, and wines made with differing amounts of palate-filling oak.

They were also given a range of Valpolicellas that varied from more powerful, modern-style wines to lighter, more classically-structured examples.

‘These are the kind of wines that are often made with a different end-point in mind, and you have to understand what they’re trying to do and evaluate the wine accordingly,’ explained SWA’s Head of Judging, Christine Parkinson. ‘It’s all about knowing great wine when you see it.’