6 BTL IN OWC
GAJA Sperss DOC Langhe, Piëmonte, Italië
Throughout 2013, the weather was generally colder than normal, and there was abundant rain from spring to summer. After the warm and dry 2012, these cool,
humid conditions greatly helped the soils. We consider 2013 a great, classic Piedmontese vintage, both in terms of temperature ranges and harvest timing.
The April and May rains slowed down the blossoming by at least two weeks, and the cool summer maintained this trend. These conditions allowed for a
slow and constant ripening of grapes along with an intense concentration of flavors and acidity. Starting in September, temperatures and sunlight increased,
leading to a favorable concentration and perfect phenolic maturation. The harvest of Nebbiolo began on October 22nd. The weather conditions during the
picking were characterized by bright, sunny days and a strong diurnal temperature variation. The grapes entered the cellar in perfect condition and showed great ripeness and freshness.
The Sperss vineyard is located in the Marenca-Rivette sub-area in the municipality of Serralunga. The land, arranged as an amphitheatre on a surface of 12 hectares, consists of very compact clayey-calcareous marls and has south and south-west exposure with an average altitude of 370 m above the sea level. The vines are 55 years old on average.
Fermentation and maceration for around three weeks followed by ageing in oak for 30 months.
Geur & Smaak
Intense garnet colour. On the nose, the Sperss 2013 features fresh notes of dark berry fruit (mulberry and blueberry) and spiciness with aromas of liquorice, nutmeg, marjoram, leather and candied orange peel. This wine shows mouth- filling fruit concentration well balanced by powerful, compact and sweet tannins. The Sperss 2013 merges the authentic Serralunga character, earthy and full-bodied, with the freshness and the elegance which are the features of this vintage.
Serveer bij groot wild, rood vlees, bereidingen met paddenstoelen of truﬀels en harde kazen.
Angelo Gaja bleef altijd hopen op een kans een topwijngaard in Barolo te verwerven. Zijn wens kwam uiteindelijk in 1988 uit. De naam van het beste deel van de wijngaard gaf hij daarom de naam "Sperss", nostalgie in het plaatselijk dialect.