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.
Grapes are sourced from Dona Paula's estate-owned vineyard, located in Finca el Alto in Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo. The vines are trained using the Double Cordon method and are planted in rocky clay soils. All Doña Paula's vineyards are managed using sustainable practices.
Picked at the end of March, the grapes were completely destemmed and then partially crushed. The must was cooled by reducing the temperature immediately after crushing; the flavours and aromas were maintained by reducing the level of sulphur dioxide. The alcoholic fermentation took place in temperature controlled concrete tanks, for 10 days at 22°C with peaks at 28°C for a full diffusion of the skin components. The wine saw a total maceration period of 15 days. Natural malolactic fermentation took place at 16°C.
A Syrah of impressive spiciness, with white pepper, vibrant black fruit and plum aromas. Sweet and pleasant on the palate with a balancing fresh fruit acidity and a spicy finish.
A good partner for richly flavoured meats, beef casseroles or gourmet burgers.