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, maximising the true expression of terroir. Continuous innovation in vineyard management ensures Doña Paula produces top quality wines from one year to the next.
The 2016 vintage was characterised by a delayed growing season, reduced yields and very good quality. An extremely cold spring delayed the plant physiology by three weeks on average, with the growing season continuing at cooler temperatures than average years. The result of the El Niño phenomenon was relatively high humidity and frequent rains. However despite challenging conditions, the grapes were healthy and of good quality at harvest producing wines with excellent varietal expression.
The grapes are sourced from the best vineyards in two locations. The first, Los Indios, Altamira is located at 1,100 metres above sea level and has sandy loam soils with a high calcareous content; the second, Alluvia, Gualtallary is situated at 1,350 metres above sea level and has stony soils and is also high in calcareous content. The climate is cold, with an average temperature variation of between 13°C to 16°C and an average annual rainfall of between 280mm and 300mm. The vines are espaliergrown and are drip irrigated. The vineyards have always been managed using sustainable vineyard practices.
Careful and gentle destemming with partial berry crushing provided fresh berry aromas. A cool pre-fermentation maceration lasted for two weeks extracting primary aromas, flavours and colour. Fermented at 25°C, the first part of the fermentation took place under wild yeast cultures and was then finished by inoculating selected yeast, followed by spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The wine was then racked to new, second and third use French barrels (33% of each) where it was aged for eight months, prior to being bottled.
Embracing the plum characters from the Malbec and impressive notes of spice, white pepper and red fruits from the Syrah, this blend is full of ripe flavours. With a pleasant mouth feel and a fresh fruit acidity leading to a full flavoured finish. A great match with a flavoursome steak pie or a rich, beef casserole.