GD Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo
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Region: Langhe, Piedmont, Italy
Grape varieties: 100% Nebbiolo
GD Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo has perfumed aromas of dark berries, violets, and rose petals. Elegant with crunchy red fruits and spice.
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About GD Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo
GD Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo has perfumed aromas of dark berries, violets, and rose petals. Elegant with crunchy red fruits and spice. The Nebbiolo is harvested usually between the second half of September and the beginning of October. Picking decisions are individual to each site, and Vajra sometimes opts for multiple passages to respect the diversity of each vine. Fermentation lasts for an average of 15-20 days in vertical vats, and is followed by spontaneous malolactic fermentation.
Vajra’s Langhe Nebbiolo ages for usually 8 to 14 months. It is a wide range, in order to respect the uniqueness of each vintage and to patiently await the optimal bottling time. Most of the aging is carried in stainless-steel vats, with a minor fraction of the wine being in neutral oak only when needed.
About GD Vajra
The Vajra family has farmed Bricco delle Viole, the highest cru in Comune di Barolo, since the 1880s. At the young age of fifteen, Aldo Vajra embraced the dream to revive his family legacy. Displaying a vision and commitment belying his young age he took over the estate in 1968, turning a new page. Aldo soon acquired the first organic certification of the region (1971), created private biotype selections (selezioni massali) of Nebbiolo and Dolcetto, pioneered the renaissance of Freisa, a noble yet forgotten local grape (1980) and the cultivation of Rhine Riesling in Piemonte (1985).
Today, the family has 40 Ha under vine. The estate is steeped in tradition. Barolos are macerated for 20 to 30 days depending on the vintage. Wines are typically matured in large neutral Slavonian casks. The holdings in Bricco delle Viole are the prized vineyards of the estate, planted in 1949 by Aldo’s grandfather. It’s a very fresh terroir with open exposure and breezy conditions. Holdings in Barolo commune are: Fossati, Coste de Vergne and La Volta. Recently acquired vineyards in the commune of Sino (just outside Barolo DOCG, next to Serralunga) make a gorgeous Langhe Nebbiolo.
High elevation vineyards are a unique factor to Vajra wines, allowing them to express finesse and remarkable complexity over simple power. Attention to detail and humility toward nature, uncompromised efforts, and humanity, are the ideals of the Vajra family: Aldo and Milena, now joined by their children Giuseppe, Francesca, and Isidoro, and by an amazing team of young professionals. G.D. Vajra is an independent winery, entirely family-owned.