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G.D. Vajra Barbera d`Alba Superiore

Barolo, Piemonte

G.D. Vajra

Aldo Vajra’s wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes...

These characters are attributable to the position of his vineyards at about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne in the commune of Barolo. G.D. Vajra was established in 1972 and named after Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico. Aldo has been gradually increasing the area under vine to 40 hectares, of which 10 are Nebbiolo for Barolo, located in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. A traditionalist, Aldo adheres to old-style winemaking methods, though blends these with new techniques, such as temperature controlled fermentation, to produce such superbly elegant wines.

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Vineyards

The grapes for this wine come from two exceptional vineyards – Bricco delle Viole in the commune of Barolo and Bric Bertone in the commune of Sinio. Bricco delle Viole vineyard is south and southeast facing, planted between 1971 and 1999 at an altitude of 380-470m  above sea level. The vines are planted at a density of 4,200-4,700 plants per hectare. Bric Bertone is planted at 340-390m above sea level with a southern exposure. The vineyard was planted in 2000 to a density of 4,600 plants per hectare. The vines are trained in a mixed Guyot system. The soil is rich in calcareous marl, with rocky outcrops, giving elegant, fragrant and particularly long-lived wines.

Vintage information

The long, snowy winter resulted in a delayed budburst, while the cool Spring ensured a late growing season.  Rainfall during Spring and Summer was more plentiful than average, especially in March, May and June. The resulting generous water reserves led to continuous plant growth, giving abundant canopies and grass.  "The 2010 wines are a jump into both the past and future of Piemonte," says Giuseppe Vajra.  "They offer a return to balanced fruit, a savoury mid-palate and a racy, long finish."

Vinification

Fermentation with indigenous yeasts took place in stainless steel tanks for 20 days. Temperatures were not controlled, but did not exceed 32ºC with regular traditional punch downs. Malolactic fermentation followed in Slovenian oak barrels. The wine remained in oak for a total of 20-24 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Ruby red colour with an intense perfume of plums and dark chocolate. On the palate it has great concentration and intensity, especially on the mid-palate, with smoky, damson fruit and a lovely balance between supple tannins and youthful acidity.

Vintage information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Barbera
Region Barolo, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vajra
Alcohol (ABV) 15.5%
Acidity 7.32g/l
Residual Sugar 3.9g/l
Wine pH 3.46