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Doña Paula Estate

Malbec,
 2017

$16.99 $16.25/bottle

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Description

From our best vineyards in El Cepillo (1,150 meters above sea level) and Gualtallary (1,350 meters above sea level), Doña Paula Estate Malbec displays the unique characteristics of the Uco Valley

Variety: Malbec
Region: Uco Valley, Argentina
Winemaker: Doña Paula
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.5%

Winemaker's Notes

Intense violet color. In the nose, aromas of black fruit, violets and spices, with some mineral and graphite notes, are perceived. Great balance and freshness in the mouth, with good concentration and structure. Soft tannins and persistent finish

John's Notes

I increasingly appreciate a well-made Malbec especially paired with a hearty meal like steak, potatoes, and grilled vegetables. Despite its popularity, I find that many folks don’t know much about the grape or where it is primarily grown.  Did you know …

  • Malbec (aka Cot in France) is a vigorous grape that needs careful canopy and yield management to produce the best grapes with concentrated flavors
  • Led by Malbec, Argentina is the 5th largest wine producing country in the world
  • By virtue of the rain shadow created from the Andes Mountains, Argentina has a very dry climate such that irrigation is critical. That dry climate however limits fungal disease and the need for herbicides, pesticides, etc. such that organic farming is very common in Argentina
Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Doña Paula

  • Established in 1997 in Mendoza, Argentina, Doña Paula is a winery that produces Premium wines
  • Doña Paula owns 100% of the vineyards used for the production of all our wines, planted in the best areas of the country, looking for the most faithful expression of each terroir

Variety:  100% Malbec

Region: Uco Valley, Argentina

Climate/Vintage:

  • Defined by altitude more than latitude, the Andes mountains shield Argentina’s wine regions from the cooling influences of the Pacific Ocean. As such, the vineyards are planted at elevations up to 2000 meters and beyond as a means to protect against the searing heat
  • Since the Andes’ rain shadow also significantly limits rainfall, irrigation is critical, and water is typically drawn from the mountain’s rivers or subterranean aquifers
  • Cool nighttime temperatures in the Uco Valley create a wide diurnal range which helps the grapes retain acidity and fresh fruit flavors

Viticulture:

  • ­90% of these grapes are sourced from our best vineyards in Alluvia, Gualtallary, at 1,350 meters (4,430 feet) above sea level and 10% from Los Indios, Altamira, at 1,100 meters (3,610 feet) above sea level
  • The soils are stony in the first location and sandy loam in the second one, and both have high calcareous content
  • Doña Paula Estate Malbec displays the unique characteristics of the Uco Valley, a terroir where the nights are cold, with an average temperature variation of 16 °C (60.8°F) in Los Indios and 12.5 °C (54.5°F) in Alluvia, and an average annual rainfall of 280 mm (11 in) in Altamira and 300 mm (11.8 in) in Gualtallary
  • The vines yield an average of 8 tons per hectare, and they are head-trained and grown in espaliers (trellis system) using drip irrigation
  • The grapes are hand-picked the first week of April
  • At Doña Paula, our vineyards have always been managed using sustainable agricultural practices

Winemaking:

  • The grapes are destemmed gently, without breaking the berries
  • ­A cold pre-fermentative maceration is carried out to preserve the primary aromas
  • Fermentation takes place at low temperatures, and a post-fermentation maceration is later performed for 15 to 20 days
  • ­The wine is aged in first, second and third-use French oak barrels for 12 months

Alcohol:  13.5%

pH:  3.7

RS:  1.8 g/L

Pairs Well With:  Sirloin steak, herb crusted French fries, hamburgers

Reviews

James Suckling (91): Bright and fresh with very clean fruit in the form of light morello cherries, citrus and orange rind. Light to medium body, pretty acidity and a fruity finish

Tim Atkin (91): Marcos Fernández uses older wood on this perfumed, reliable, large volume Malbec from Gualtallary and El Cepillo to allow the fruit to express itself. Modern, spicy and full of dark berry fruit, with top notes of rosemary and pine. 2020-25

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