G.D. Vajra Ravera Barolo 2018
DESCRIPTION: Ravera is recognized as the most important single vineyard in
Comune di Novello. It grows on a very complex underground where marls of
Tortonian origin mix with sandstones and clays of the Serravallian period.
Our parcels are located in the southern amphitheater, between 320 and 340
meters asl. This is a terroir that delivers bright aromatics and unrestrained power, and this is very evident in a late, cool climate vintage as 2018, where Ravera shines thanks to its ample mid palate and racy finish.
VARIETAL: 100% Nebbiolo.
GROWING: In 1971, Aldo Vajra, then still a university student, was one of the
earliest to adopt organic farming in Piemonte. Vineyards have been nurtured, and
soil preserved, by grassing and spontaneous cover crop for almost 50 years now.
They are sustainable and organic certified. With an incredible ratio of manual work
per hectare, farming at Vajra is a labor of love and “recipe-free” attention. Intense
research is also placed into monitoring and improving the biodiversity of both
flora and fauna not just in the vineyards, but also in the winery fields and forests.
HARVEST AND WINEMAKING: In 2018, Ravera was harvested over two days,
on October 10th and 14th. Grapes were sorted manually three times: directly
on the vine, as whole clusters on the sorting tables, and lastly as single berries.
Vinification was carried in custom-designed vertical tini, with gentle punch down
and rinsing of the cap. It lasted 58 days, including a submerged cap maceration.
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation took place in the following Spring.
AGING: The 2018 Barolo Ravera aged for 30 months in large Slavonian casks of
25 and 50hL. It was bottled on July 7th 2021.