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Producer: Dona PaulaGrape Varieties: Malbec 60%, Pinot Noir 30%, Bonarda 10%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Fruity un-oaked red blendAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Argentina
A fresh, fruity blend with layered notes of wild berries, cherry and juicy blackberry. Silky smooth on the palate with a moreish finish.
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 andTupungato. The vineyards have always been cultivated using sustainable methods, maximising the true expression of terroir. Continuous innovation in vineyardmanagement 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 hailed as a classic year for Mendoza.
The grapes were sourced from the El Alto vineyard in Ugarteche, Luján de Cuyo. The estate is located at 1,050 metres above sea level, where the climate typicallypresents warm days and cool nights, with an average temperature variation of 14°C. This diurnal temperature variation encourages a long ripening period, producing a greater concentration of flavours in the grapes while retaining balancing acidity. The soils are predominantly clay loam, but have poor profiles resulting from a mixture ofpebbles, gravel and clay. Irrigated by a drip system, the vines are cultivated using an espalier training method and the vineyards are managed sustainably.
The grapes were hand-picked towards the end of March when they had reached optimal maturity. A cold pre-fermentation maceration took place preserving theprimary fruit aromas. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 25 to 28°C, followed by spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The wine was made in an unoaked style showcasing the purity of fruit in this distinctive blend.
An intense, complex and vibrant array of fresh fruit aromas are displayed in this stunning Argentinian blend. Wild berry notes come from the Malbec, cherry flavoursfrom the Pinot Noir and the Bonarda imparts juicy layers of blackberry and redcurrant. A voluminous palate with silky tannins leads to a long and pleasant finish.
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Malbec 60%, Pinot Noir 30%, Bonarda 10%
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