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.
These grapes come from young Nebbiolo vines in Vajra`s own vineyards in the communes of Barolo and Novello. The vines are four to seven years old and will produce Barolo DOCG in a few more vintages time. This Nebbiolo is also enriched by grapes from the wonderful Roccabella vineyard in the commune of Sinio, planted on steep south-facing terraces.
Production in Piemonte was 10% down on 2010. Reports are of light-filled, sunny days and higher than normal temperatures interspersed by sporadic rainfall. The harvest was early for all the Piemontese varieties, starting on the 18th August with the white grapes and finishing with Nebbiolo in the first week of October.
Fermentation lasted two weeks, at temperatures no higher than 29-30ºC with indigenous yeast strains and traditional daily punch downs. Malolactic fermentation followed and the wine was then aged for six months in stainless steel tanks before bottling.
Ruby red in colour, this wine has herbal notes and perfumes of roses and berries. The flavours are fresh, the structure is well-balanced and the elegant tannins lead into a long finish.
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