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A Purity of Flavour

10 of the 40 hectares are planted with nebbiolo for Aldo's Barolo, located in such prized vineyards as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. Here the soil is rich in calcareous marl, with rocky outcrops, giving fragrant and particularly long-lived wines.

This is a truly diverse operation, ranging from semi-sweet sparkling wines to single-vineyard Barolo. Aldo adheres to old-style winemaking methods, such as ageing his Barolo in barrel for three and half years prior to bottling, though blends these with new techniques. He explains his approach, saying that 'traditional wines are more elegant, with more delicate perfumes, leaner, somewhat difficult, but offering more pleasure at the table.'

Unlike the powerful wines of Serralunga or Monforte, Aldo's wines have a Burgundian intensity and a purity of flavour that makes them stand out in Barolo.

Brand's Heritage

The GD Vajra estate is found in Vergne, the highest village of Barolo in north-west Italy, where the vineyards sit at an altitude of up to 400 metres. The estate is named after Giuseppe Domenico Vajra, who founded the estate in 1972, using vineyards that had been in the family since the 1920s, but which were only economically viable to farm once the Italian DOC system was introduced in the 1960s and Barolo's worldwide popularity started to spike.

The estate is now run by Aldo's son Giuseppe who, with the help of his wife Milena and their children, tends all 40 hectares of vines. The elevated growing conditions here mean that grapes ripen later than in nearby vineyards, but possess an innate elegance as a result. The dry micro climate also results in relatively small yields helping to ensure grapes of excellent quality.

 
Barbera D’Alba 2016

G.D. Vajra Barbera d’Alba is wonderfully expressive. A rich, complex bouquet of florals and red berries lead the way to a palate full or energy and depth. This wine truly express its vintage in a combination of freshness and charme .

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

      

2013

Red

100% Barbera

Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2014 

Brilliant ruby color. Notes of cherry, roses, and kernels of cherries in alcohol, dark fruits, licorice and violet merge with shades of citrus and mint. On the palate, graceful and silky tannins and a perfect aromatic balance. Well balanced with a long finish of fresh and delicate spices.

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

      

2012

Red

100% Nebbiolo. Old stumps from 1949 and successive plantings in 1963, 1968 and 1985. Massal selection of Lampia and Michet. 

Barolo Albe 2014

2013 Barolo Albe is a very aromatic wine, intensly perfumed and showing all the refinement of this classic vintage. Palate opens with plenty of Nebbiolo fruit tones, restrained yet supple and generous. Drink it or cellar for 15+ years.

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

      

2013

Red

100% Nebbiolo. 

Dolcetto D’Alba 2017

The 2016 Dolcetto d’Alba opens up with notes of blue/purple fruits, gentle sweet spices and bright mountain florals. It’s smooth at first but reveils the beautiful structure and punch that is such a signature of this vintage. This is a fantastic food wine, especially with light proteins (egg pasta, cod, white meats) and vegetable-based dishes. TRIVIA

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

      

2016

Red

100% Dolcetto. 

Langhe Nebbiolo 2016

2016 A crystal ruby red colour with some delicate reflection of purple perfectly represents these grape characteristics. With a reddish-rich fruit smell and touches of violets, leather and spices the sip is dry, warm and soft. Fresh and with silky tannins this wine is a beautiful interpretation of the main features of this grape and its potential 

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

      

2016

Red

100% Dolcetto. 

Moscato D’Asti 2017

Beautiful soft color with green reflections. Aromas of fruit with yellow flesh: apricot, peach, exotic fruits. Then elderflower, pear and sage. Delicate and persistent bubbles, refreshing and cleansing the palate. The balance between sweetness and freshness continues in a long and creamy finish, surprisingly savory

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

      

2015

White

100% Moscato