G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2018
A powerful Barbera, showing aromas and flavours of sweet, dark fruits and subtle liquorice.
The wines of Vajra continue to impress and gain more finesse each year. A powerful Barbera, showing aromas of sweet, dark fruits balanced by concentration on the palate. Drinking well now and will soften with maturity.
Producer: G.D Vajra
Region/Country: Piedmont, Italy
Production Method: Sustainable farming. Stainless steel fermentation followed by 14 months ageing in French and Slavonian oak
Style: Dark fruited, lightly herbal with great freshness and good body
Pairing Suggestion: Pizza and pasta dishes, grilled meats
Profile: Barbera, native to Piedmont in Northern Italy, has traditionally run second to Nebbiolo, and planted in lesser sites. It has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts in modern times, with producers paying more attention to this attractively fruited variety which produces wines of immediate drinkability as well as structure to age. It is often used in Langhe Rosso blends to add colour and flesh. High in acidity, it easily maintains freshness alongside its naturally high sugar ripeness. Some producers have begun maturating Barbera in oak to add tannin structure to its framework.
Classic Regions: Barbera d'Alba, Barbera d'Asti, Piedmont (Italy)
Aldo Vajra's wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes. Aldo has been gradually increasing the area under vine to 60 hectares, of which 10 are Nebbiolo for Barolo, located in such outstanding sites as Bricco delle Viole, Ravera, Fossati, La Volta, Coste di Vergne and Coste di Rose. A traditionalist, Aldo adheres to old-style winemaking methods, such as long barrel ageing in traditional botti.