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G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso `PN Q497`

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 Pinot Noir grapes for this wine are grown on Bricco di Vergne, the highest vineyard on the hill that rises through the village of Barolo, its altitude making it unsuitable for Nebbiolo.  Vajra has created this Piemontese tribute to one of his favourite grape varieties, Pinot Noir, which he feels is a point of reference for many producers and lovers of Nebbiolo. The vineyard was planted in 1999, covers 1.2 hectares at an altitude of 497 metres above sea level on sandy marine soils, with ancient fossilised deposits.  The vineyard faces south and is planted at a density of 4,800 vines per hectare with natural turfing between the rows. The vines are mixed guyot trained.

Vintage information

The long, snowy winter resulted in a delay in budding, 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 luxuriant canopies and grass. "The 2010 wines are a jump into both the past and future of Piemonte," says Giuseppe Vajra. "They offer a return to balanced fruit, a savoury mid-palate and a racy, long finish".

Vinification

Fermentation with natural yeasts lasted for 15-20 days, with regular punching down of the cap to maximise extraction. Temperatures reached a maximum of 32°C.  Following fermentation, the wine was matured for 18 months in 400-500 litre French oak barrels. 

Tasting Notes

Ripe strawberry fruit and soft leather characters are supported by a great structure.  The wine shows lovely depth on the palate with rounded tannins and fine acidity to balance the juicy fruit. The elegant long finish rounds off with notes of red fruit.

Vintage information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Barolo, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vajra
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.46g/l
Residual Sugar 1.9g/l
Wine pH 3.53