The 2015 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Argentine reds (Altamira and Gualtallary) (see blue link below). Alas, the 2015 was sold out in the UK long before publication of Decanter, and we can suggest the new 2016 vintage as a close alternative.
Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2015 - October 2017 Decanter review
Doña Paula is a leading, modern winery at the forefront of exploring and investing in new, high quality wine regions in Argentina. First 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. They practice sustainable methods in the vineyards, maximising the true expression of terroir.
Grapes are sourced from Dona Paula's estate owned vineyards, Finca el Alto in Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo. A cold pre-fermentation maceration is carried out to preserve primary aromas. The must is then cooled and traditional fermentation is carried out. Post-fermentation maceration lasts between 10 and 15 days. Malolactic fermentation is carried out after maceration and before bottling.
An intensely coloured wine, with purple tints. The sweet, spicy and intense aromas of red fruits and herbs are enhanced by the soft, velvety palate which is fresh and well balanced.