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 vineyards are 440-480 metres above sea level, and have an east-south-east exposure. The name Petràcine for the Bianco comes from the Latin comes for Riesling, ‘petra’ meaning stone and ‘racine’ root indicating that it could grow in rocky soil. Since 2009 Aldo has included Riesling from a vineyard in Sinio (a village close to Serralunga) to the blend, which is a clone of Alsace and Pfalz Riesling, which gives more complexity to the wine.
The growing season in Piemonte was characterised by fairly unusual winter weather. November and December were milder than average with the coldest weather arriving a little later than usual towards the end of January. The low temperatures which continued throughout February were also accompanied by heavy snowfalls, which built up ground water reserves but also delayed vegetative growth in most places. March and April were cool and wet and May also saw shortage of rain. From the end of June, medium-high temperatures ensued, reaching a peak in the second half of August and little rain. Nevertheless, no water stress issues were recorded due to the abundant reserves which had been built up during winter and spring.
The must was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 15-18ºC, with half a day of skin contact. The wine had minimum contact with its lees. The wine remained for six months in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, and for a further six months in bottle before release.
Pale, lemon yellow in colour, this wine is fresh and youthful, with zesty, lemon-lime perfumes and a classic mineral note. On the palate it is dry and clean, with good weight of crisp, ripe apple fruit and a long, citrus finish.
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