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G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo

Langhe, 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

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 several 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.

Vintage information

A delayed cold winter, with lows of -15°C between the end of January and the beginning of February and subsequent heavy snowfall. Though contributing to good water reserves, vegetative recovery occurred later than usual. March and April were cool and wet. Rains in early June at flowering resulted in fewer berries per cluster, which reduced certain diseases that can take hold more easily in compact clusters. Summer temperatures reached their peak with highs of 38°C in the second half of August. By the middle of September the grapes were in very good health with excellent anthocyanins (colour), and great balance in the aromatic components. Lower sugar content than usual made for an excellent 2012 vintage.

Vinification

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.

Tasting Notes

Ruby red, delicate and at times, transparent. Intense expressive aromas of violets and dried roses are layered over small red berry notes. Silky tannins envelop the palate with personality and vivacious energy.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Nebbiolo
Region Langhe, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vajra
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.74g/l
Residual Sugar 1.1g/l
Wine pH 3.55