G.D. Vajra Barolo `Albe` 2017
Vajra have produced a sumptuous Albe in 2017. Super complex yet approachable in youth. A wonder.
A beautifully balanced barolo, 'Le Albe' has elegant, rose petal perfumes, dark berry fruit and a perfectly judged equilibrium of tannin and acidity. The incredibly long finish is an indicator of the exceptional quality produced by Aldo Vaira. Shiny ruby red in colour. Aromas of red fruits and plums combine with floral notes, pine needles and brushwood. 'Le Albe' is a harmony of sophisticated and delicate flavours supported by ripe tannins and an elegant acidity.
Producer: G.D Vajra
Region/Country: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Production Method: Sustainable farming. Fermentation (with indigenous yeasts) and maceration lasted 20 days, at temperatures not exceeding 32ºC with traditional punch downs. Malolactic fermentation followed for the first year in 25-50 hectolitre Slavonian oak casks. The wine remained in oak for a total of 42 months before bottling.
Style: Dark fruited, lightly herbal with great freshness and good body
Pairing Suggestion: Pizza and pasta dishes, grilled meats
Profile: Nebbiolo is an extremely finicky variety, and has rarely been successfully grown outside its traditional home in Piedmont, Northern Italy. This is unfortunate, as it is an extremely high quality variety, perhaps second only to Pinot Noir in terms of allure. Fortunately we are now seeing some high quality examples emerging from Australia. The wine is typically intensely aromatic, developing the most extraordinarily haunting bouquet in which, variously, roses, autumn undergrowth, woodsmoke, violets and tar. These continue onto a palate defined by high acidity and robust tannin structure which can make it occasionally challenging in youth. Nebbiolo is a variety which can age handsomely, with a softening of structure and increasing complexity.
Classic Regions: Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe, Alto-Piemonte (Italy), McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley (Australia)
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.