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G.D. Vajra Barolo `Bricco delle Viole`

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 `Bricco delle Viole` vineyard is located at altitudes of 380-470 metres above sea level in the commune of Barolo and covers 4.79 hectares. The average yield is 45 hectolitres per hectare. One part of the vineyard is planted with vines which are now over 50 years old and yield less than 30 hectolitres per hectare. Its high altitude and long ripening season gives it an aromatic complexity and richness lacking in lower vineyards. 

Vintage information

Two metres of snow in winter topped up the water level and ensured that the vines weren’t stressed by the dry, hot summer that followed. Spring was relatively wet, causing some soil erosion. May and June were hot and dry. These conditions, along with the water reserves built up in winter, ensured a quick and perfect fruit set, which accounts for good yields. The canopies were completed by the end of July, and ripening proceeded apace. In August sugar levels were about two weeks ahead of average, but phenolic ripeness was slower and more regular, and was helped by warm days and cool nights in September and October. Light rain at the beginning of September gave the vines the drink they needed, and brought the crop to maturity.

Vinification

Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures up to 31°C and lasted three weeks, with regular pumping over. The wine was matured for 42 months in Slovenian oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby in colour with a garnet rim. Made in the classic Vajra style with lovely perfumes of dried rose petals, orange peel and violets. The palate shows plenty of fine grained, ripe, tannins that are characteristic of Nebbiolo, and lots of elegant, dark cherry fruit with savoury notes adding more depth. Long and perfumed on the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2009
Grape varieties 100% Nebbiolo
Region Barolo, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vajra
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 5.62g/l
Residual Sugar 0.3g/l