Wine of the Month: January 2019

We choose our Wine of the Month to highlight some of the great bottles from around the world. No matter what the style, you can be certain that if it's our Wine of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:

GD Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2016 – The Whisky Exchange Wine of the Month
GD Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2016 – The Whisky Exchange Wine of the Month
Vajra

Barbera d'Alba
2016

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A rich, refined Barbera from the family-run G.D. Vajra, with aromas of sweet dark fruit, hay, tobacco and spice. The result of a hot, dry summer in Piedmont, and made from grapes from six different vineyards, this is a great pairing for red meat dishes – try serving it with braised beef and polenta.

Barbera D’Alba is a protected wine region within Piedmont, based around the eponymous town, that is beloved for its tangy, cherry-led wines made from Barbera grapes. The Barbera grape itself was once seen as only producing light, tart table wines, but has gained a reputation in the past few decades for elegant, concentrated wines thanks to the introduction of ageing in oak barriques.

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Tasting Notes

GD Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2016

From Dawn Davies MW

  • "Cherry and a whiff of smoke on the nose. The palate has some delicious, grippy sour cherry and blackberry fruit with elegant tannins."

About G.D. Vajra

GD Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2016

History

Named after the father of the current owner, G.D. (Giuseppe Domenico) Vajra is family-run winery based 400m above sea level in the Piedmontese hills. Most of its vineyards are situated in Barolo, some of which were planted by Giuseppe himself, and the winemaking techniques used blend the innovative with the deeply traditional – for example fermentation is temperature-controlled, but the Barolo is aged in barrel for three and a half years before bottling as per the old custom.