Caves De Donnas. Valle d'Aoste Donnas
Valle De Aoste DOC
2018 is a vintage that showed another side to Donnas; the fruit is rounder and more opulent; the freshening wet stone and violet is joined by ripe bramble, fig, and red berry, some spice. The tannins are so supple, a puppy of a vintage. 13.5%
Caves de Donnas make an elegant wine with crushed strawberry and bramble fruit, flint, bitter cherry and tense mineral flavours; a wine with a genuine and strong character, it carries no excess weight and is absolutely pitch perfect.
This is the signature wine of Donnas, made mainly from Nebbiolo with a little Freisa and Neyret.
The method has changed little since the DOC was first awarded, though the warmer summers have definitely helped further the quality of this wine.
The vineyards are above 350 metres and trained using a system known locally as Valdaostan Pergola, it is extremely labour-intensive, the average density is 4000 vines per hectare. The soils are gossamer-thin over schist and quartz rock. The work in the vineyard is exclusively by hand, the grapes are transported from the vines to the cantina using a small dedicated monorail.
The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled steel tanks using selected yeasts. The wine is aged for 12 months in 25hl botti grandi (large oak barrels that hold 2500 litres) before being bottled.