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Dona Paula - Paula Malbec 2017


  • Country: Argentina
  • Wine Region: Mendoza
  • Wine Area: Lujan de Cuyo
  • Wine Maker: Marcos Fernández
  • Grape: Malbec
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.80
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink now - 2016
Food Matching

Food Matching

Malbec, whose traditional home is in the Cahors region of south-west France, has found an exciting new identity in Argentina as a rich, fruity and intense wine that is a great match for a range of robust and deeply flavoured foods. Master Sommelier Vincent Gasnier, in his excellent book How to Choose Wine claims that its perfect partner is roast rack of lamb with herbs. Malcolm Gluck and Mark Hix, in their book The Simple Art of Marrying Food and Wine, suggest a caramelised onion and goat's cheese tart - perfect for vegetarians! Try it with hearty stews, game and roasts, but avoid fish, shellfish and creamy sauces. It works well with cheese and is an interesting choice for a barbecue.

Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
iwr: 83 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Intense purplish red color. Sweet, spicy and intense aromas, with notes of red fruits and herbs (such as Herbes de Provence). In the mouth, this wine is soft, velvety, fresh, and well balanced.

Winery Information

Dona Paula

Dona 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 sub-regions within Mendoza including Ugarteche, Altamira, Gualtallary and Tupungato. They practice sustainable methods in the vineyards, maximising the true expression of terroir. Their continuous innovation in terms of vineyard management.. read more

Expert Reviews

independent-wine-review (2012)83 pts

The varied Dona Paula range spans six grape varieties, yet unsurprisingly (given this grape variety’s commercial success in the last decade) much of the critical attention directed towards the Dona Paula Winery is aimed at its wines made from Malbec, with this “Paula” Malbec from the Dona Paula Winery representing the “entry level” Malbec to be made by the Dona Paula Winery to be imported into the UK. Fermented at controlled temperatures, this “Paula” Malbec from the Dona Paula winery was then bottled and released fairly quickly, with the aim of capturing as many of the vibrant flavours of the young Malbec as possible. A vivid purple colour in terms of appearance, the youth of this 2012 “Paula” Malbec is immediately apparent. Flashes of a vibrant violet hue mark out the rim of the wine and make the alcoholic legs that denote the 14% abv alcoholic content highly visible. Varietally typical aromas of violets and plums emerge as this “Paula” Malbec is swirled, although there is also a slighted confected cherry note that is more unusual. Fruity and medium to full bodied in the mouth, this 2012 iteration of the Dona Paula Winery’s “Paula” Malbec is features no shortage of juicy fruit flavours and a bright, refreshing acidity. The plum and confected red cherry notes are carried over from the nose, with a peppery spice also emerging from the mid-palate. There is no great length or complexity to this “Paula” Malbec, but there is plenty of intense fruit flavours and it is vinified in a style that will surely have wide appeal. Snappy tannins are adequately hidden behind the ripe fruit flavours.

Vinification Notes

Harvest takes place in the second fortnight of March. The grapes are destemmed and the grains are barely broken. A cold pre-fermentation maceration is carried out to preserve primary aromas. Then, the must is cooled and traditional fermentation is carried out. Post-fermentation maceration lasts between 10 and 15 days. Malolactic fermentation is carried out after maceration.