Doña Paula is a leading, modern winery at the forefront of exploring and investing in new, high quality wine regions in Argentina. Established in 1997, they own all of their vineyards covering 700 hectares. These vineyard sites are located in the best subregions within Mendoza including Ugarteche, Altamira, Gualtallary and Tupungato. The vineyards have always been cultivated using sustainable methods which helps to maximise the true expression of terroir, and in 2019 Doña Paula was certified as a sustainably managed winery by Bodegas de Argentina. Continuous innovation in vineyard management ensures Doña Paula produces top quality wines from one year to the next.
2018 saw a return to higher yields, after the low yielding vintages of 2016 and 2017. Doña Paula had a record harvest in 2018, with the highest average in the province. The growing season was dry, with very low rainfall and average temperatures, which resulted in fruit with optimal ripeness. 2018 is being cited as a classic year for Mendoza.
The grapes are sourced from Dona Paula's estate owned vineyard, Finca el Alto in Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo. The vineyard is situated at 1,050 metres above sea level where the soil is nutrient-poor clay. The climate is characterised by warm days and cool nights with an average temperature variation of 14°C, this creates a long ripening period and helps to concentrate the flavours in the berries, while retaining balancing acidity. The vines are trained using the espalier trellis system and drip irrigation is used. The vineyard has always been managed using sustainable practices.
The grapes were harvested from mid-March to late March. Upon arrival at the winery they were destemmed and gently crushed. Cool pre-fermentation maceration was carried out to preserve the primary aromas, followed by traditional fermentation. Post-fermentation maceration followed lasting between 10 and 15 days to extract the desired level of flavour, colour and structure. The wine then went through malolactic fermentation, prior to being bottled.
A full flavoured Malbec with sweet, spicy and intense aromas of ripe red fruits, complemented by subtle floral hints of violets. A well balanced wine with a soft and velvety texture and a rich finish.
A lovely accompaniment to barbecued meat, gourmet sausages or steak and chips.