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.
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.
2008 was a difficult year for grape growers in the Langhe, says Giuseppe Vajra, because of the spring rain which spoiled the flowering season and cut back yields. However, the long, sunny days in the summer followed by an Indian summer which lasted through to mid-October meant that the grapes ripened very well, resulting in well-balanced, fruity wines.
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.
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.
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