Place: Piedmont, Italy
G.D. Vajra (pronounced Vaira) is now led by Giuseppe, the second generation of Vajra, a thoughtful winemaker working with respect to what was and a desire to explore what might be.
Their Barolos have become highly sought-after for their accessibility, purity and longevity.
Words from Giusppe:
"The high-elevation vineyards for Barolo Albe have an exposure ranging from south-south-east to south-west. The grapes are usually picked in the second half of the Nebbiolo harvest. Vinification is done in custom-designed vertical vats, with gentle punch down and pumpovers. Maceration lasts 25 days on average. Malolactic conversion occurs in stainless steel the following spring. Albe rests on average between 30 and 36 months in large (40, 50 and 75hL) Slavonian oak casks. The wine is usually racked once a year. Blending is decided in the spring prior to bottling."
Words from Giuseppe's Australian importer, Cellarhand:
"Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and ‘60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm."