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G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kyè

Langhe, Piemonte

Awards

  • Silver - International Wine Challenge 2014

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

This wine is made from Freisa grapes which are grown on 2.25 hectares of south-facing vineyard, on a marne tortonian soil. The vineyard was planted in 1987.

Vintage information

The long, cold winter resulted in a delayed bud burst, while the cool spring ensured a late growing season.  Rainfall during spring and summer was more frequent than average, especially in March, May and June. The resulting generous water reserves led to continuous plant growth, giving plentiful canopies and grass. Harvest was 10-15 days later than the previous year, starting in mid-September.  Guiseppe Vajra says, "The 2010 wines are a jump into both the past and future of Piemonte. They offer a return to balanced fruit, a savoury mid-palate and a racy, long finish."

Vinification

Fermentation lasted approximately two weeks, at temperatures no higher than 28-30ºC. The wine spent 18 months in both barriques and large oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red colour. Perfumes of red berries, tobacco, roses, and white pepper with hints of hay and wild herbs. Full bodied with balanced acidity and alcohol, this wine is flavoursome and rich with black fruits and spice on the long finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Freisa
Region Langhe, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vajra
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 6.32g/l
Residual Sugar 2.2g/l
Wine pH 3.56