GAJA Grappa Sperss
Sperss is the name of the iconic 12 hectare vineyard in the commune of Serralunga which was acquired by the GAJA family in 1988. Here they produce some of their most famous Nebbiolo. The Grappa Sperss is produced from the fresh Nebbiolo pomace from the wine (the solid remains of the grape – skins, pulp, seeds and stems of the fruit) is immediately distilled after fermentation ends. Distillation happens slowly in order to conserve all of the varietal characteristics and aromas of the pomace. The alcohol vapours are then funnelled into a distillation column as the pomace is slowly warmed and the distillate is divided into 3 parts, the head, the heart and the tail. The Grappa is obtained by selecting the heart, i.e. the middle part of the distillation, and discarding the head and tail. The spirit for Sperss is then aged for just the right amount of time in barrel to add texture and give the distinctive warm caramel hue. The GAJA Grappa Sperss is a delicate golden colour with attractive aromas of ripe fruits, hazelnuts and raisins. Beautifully rounded, it has a balanced body and a long full finish.