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.