Langhe Freisa `Kyè`

Langhe

G.D. Vajra

Aldo Vaira'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 60 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

Grapes for this wine are sourced from San Ponzio Vineyard in the Commune of Barolo. They are grown at an altitude of 390-410 metres above sea level, on a clay rich soil with an assortment of vines selected by Aldo Vaira in an old vineyard planted by his grandfather.

Vintage Information

2013 was characterised as one of the latest harvests in the last decade. The vegetative cycle was affected by the difficult start to spring and a low average temperature in March and April. Since July conditions improved throughout summer, followed by September and October being very calm and predictable, allowing for a satisfying harvest, ending in early November.

Vinification

The optimal moment for harvesting Freisa is constituted by alternating warm Autumn days and cool nights: generally during the second half of October. The destemming and elimination of the most acidic parts along with the greenest tannins, is an essential practice for this variety. The rather long fermentation process allows the grape tannins to transmigrate into the wine. For this quite wild variety, the second fermentation, malolactic, is also just as important. An ageing of 12-18 months depending on the vintage, starts in Slavonian oak barrels and barriques, giving necessary balance to the wine.

Tasting Notes

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

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Freisa
Region Langhe, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vajra
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%