The fruit for Vajra’s 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo comes from their young vines in Barolo, Novello, Sinio and Bricco Bertone. There’s a focus on aromatic purity and the grapes are handpicked early in the morning to capture their quintessential character. Vinification is long and extremely gentle to retain lift and tension in this wine.
Nebbiolo is usually harvested between the second half of September and the beginning of October. Picking decisions are individual to each site, and Vajra sometimes opt for multiple passages to respect the diversity of each vine. Fermented for an average of 15-20 days in vertical vats, followed by spontaneous malolactic conversion. Vajra’s Langhe Nebbiolo is usually aged for 8 to 14 months – a wide range to respect the uniqueness of each vintage. Most of the ageing is carried out in stainless-steel vats, with a minor fraction of the wine being matured in neutral oak – but only when needed.