Moscato d`Asti

Asti

G.D. Vajra

Aldo Vaira's wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes. These...

characters are attributable to the position of his vineyards at about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne in the commune of Barolo. G.D. Vajra was established in 1972 and named after Aldo's father, Giuseppe Domenico Vajra. Aldo has been gradually increasing the area under vine to 60 hectares, of which 10 are Nebbiolo for Barolo, located in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. A traditionalist, Aldo adheres to old-style winemaking methods, though blends these with new techniques, such as temperature controlled fermentation, to produce such superbly elegant wines.

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Vineyards

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

The 2015 harvest started a bit earlier than usual, in the last week of August. The weather pattern of this vintage, with a rainy spring and a dry, sunny summer with good vine health, led to an incredible aromatic complexity in the grapes.

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.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Moscato/Muscat
Region Asti, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vaira
Alcohol (ABV) 5.5%
Acidity 5.04g/l
Residual Sugar 143g/l