Aldo Vaira grows his Moscato grapes in the 'Riforno' vineyard in the Comune of Mango, in the Moscato d'Asti zone. It is a south-facing, 2.5 hectare vineyard planted at the top of a very steep slope, at 420-470m above sea level. The vines are trained in mixed guyot system and were planted between 1986-2007. The planting density is 3,600 vines per hectare. Vintage Information 2016 saw a hot and dry summer in Piemonte. A cool spring with some rainfall was followed by a hot June and July. Large shifts between day and night time temperatures throughout August helped to balance grape ripening and produce healthy, ripe grapes with refreshing acidity. Vinification The grapes were left to mature on the vine until well-ripe, then hand-picked and sorted. Soft pressing was followed by cold settling. Fermentation lasted for a week in stainless steel tanks at 14°C. There was no skin contact. Unoaked, the wine was held in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to retain freshness and natural effervescence until bottling. Tasting Notes Greenish yellow with straw yellow hues. Expressive aromas of sage and fresh yellow fruits such as apricots, peaches and exotic fruits. A delicate yet persistent perlage refreshes and cleanses the palate. The balance between sweetness and freshness carry on into a long creamy finish. Winemaker's notes (Feb 2018)
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Azienda Agricola G.D. Vajra
The winery of G.D. Vajra was initially established in 1972, although the Vajra family dates back more than two centuries in the Barolo region. Aldo and his wife Milena own the vineyards, mainly all situated in Barolo. His winemaking techniques are quite traditional, using longer maceration times and primarily Slavonian casks for ageing. However he would not describe his style as tradtional, but forward thinking and happy to evolve depending on the vintage. As the vineyards are situated 400m above sea level, the grapes ripen later than in other areas, resulting in wonderfully fresh wines with balanced acidity.
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