I began making a few gallons of mango wine a few months back, and it was fermenting very well. I got all of the fruit and debris out a week or so after I started it, but I kept it fermenting in the primary fermenter. As things turned out, before it was finished with the primary fermentation, I decided to take a break from drinking for a while, and I ended up neglecting it for a long while. When I finally got around to checking on it some 6 months or so later, the air lock had dried out. I went to go pour it out, but when I opened the lid, the wine was clear, smelled of alcohol and mango, and I think it might be good still, even though the airlock was probably gone for a long time. I'm wondering, is it still safe to drink?
It's probably ok, but try a sip first before guzzling it. How does it taste? Does it have enough alcohol to preserve it? The magic number for that is 12.3% ABV.
Airlocks don't guarantee freedom from contamination and nor does lack of fluid in an airlock guarantee contamination. The water just helps. The bend in the pipe is really enough to stop most contaminants, and the water will remove some more but not necessarily all.