Dona Paula Malbec 2012

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Golden yellow color. Citric and mineral aromas with notes of spices and tropical fruits. In the mouth, it is fresh, lively, with good acidity and balance.

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Dona Paula:
In 1997, the Claro Group from Chile decided to expand its wine business into Argentina to continue the group’s tradition of producing world-class wines. The conditions in Argentina’s Mendoza region contained the ideal and unique terroir which allow winemakers to fulfil their dreams of creating sophisticated and immaculately structured wines. The Claro Group’s first investme... Read more
In 1997, the Claro Group from Chile decided to expand its wine business into Argentina to continue the group’s tradition of producing world-class wines. The conditions in Argentina’s Mendoza region contained the ideal and unique terroir which allow winemakers to fulfil their dreams of creating sophisticated and immaculately structured wines. The Claro Group’s first investment in the Argentine was to acquire the Ugarteche Estate. The estate encompassed approximately 140 hectares (346 acres) of old Malbec and Chardonnay vines, a requisite for producing a deep and balanced wine in the short term. The following year, the expansion continued and Tupungato Estate was obtained. The newly bought estate aided in giving the winemakers of Doña Paula a multi-faceted platform to work off. The underlying conditions showed a remarkable potential for delivering fresh, aromatic wines with high acidity, which were perfectly suited for short-cycle varieties. It took two years for the planting process to be completed, while concurrently the construction of a state-of-art winery commenced. In 1999, Doña Paula had its maiden harvest. It produced phenomenal and hugely promising results. However, due to the occasionally capricious nature of agriculture, disaster struck in the form of hail storms in 2000 and 2001, which inhibited wine production for those two years. Thus, the commercial release of Doña Paula wines onto the export market had to be delayed until the following year. After the unfortunate incidents in 2000 and 2001, Doña Paula has invested heavily in hail-proof nets     Since Doña Paula’s launch onto the international market in 2002, with its early exports going to: the United Kingdom; the United States of America and Continental Europe, the company has seen a constant and stratospheric rise in the annual sales of its wines. The successive growth records posted by Doña Paula in 2003 and 2004 caught major international and local attention, showing the firm to be a serious, emerging player in the Argentinean wine industry. Doña Paula soon developed a trademark style that consisted of a powerful complexity which was characterised by a unique fresh fruit concentration. Connoisseurs, importers and the press throughout Europe and the Americas were astounded by the distinctive savour of this wine, which ultimately led to Doña Paula receiving its first prestigious international accolade of “Value Brand of the Year” by Wine and Spirits magazine in 2004. Struggling to keep up with the demand that was placed upon Doña Paula, due to its success among customers, 2005 and 2006 saw a titanic influx of investment into the winery. The capacity of the winery was increased by another million litres in the form of stainless steel vats and a new winery was constructed on the main estate. This resulted in Doña Paula having a vat capacity of over 7 million litres. Throughout 2006 and 2007, Doña Paula acquired and fully planted two high altitude estates: Altamira (80ha.- 198 ac. Planting finish in 2006) and Gualtallary (120 ha.- 297 ac. Planting finished in 2007).The acquisition of these estates insured that Doña Paula wines consisted purely of estate-grown grapes and the end of 2006 saw Doña Paula ranked 12th out of more than 300 Argentinean wine exporters. Due to previous successes, the following years have allowed for Doña Paula to experiment with its wines and expand by diversifying the countries to which it exports. Korea, Honduras, El Salvador and Paraguay have been added to the list of nations to which Doña Paula is exported (currently, there are over 54 countries offering Doña Paula wines in restaurants and on the their shelves), and a new range was created in order to satisfy clients who wanted a unique, charming and extraordinary wine. An uncommon series of unique blends and rare varieties has culminated in the dawn of the Doña Paula premium range which incorporates: Alluvia; Salix Vineyard; Read less
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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Member Reviews for Dona Paula Malbec

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Snooth User: Tom Wandeloski
1098305743
2.50 5
03/08/2013

A 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Mendoza, Argentina. Pale straw in color. Fruit hints of grapefruit and peach with a hint of limestone. It has a mid-finish on the palette and crisp acidity. Best served chilled to 48 degrees, and served with a grilled salmon dish.


Snooth User: SergioAF
112363717
0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 07/31/2012

U$ 22,12


Snooth User: BREGMAR
129054216
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 05/24/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: suthie
9423535
2.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/26/2011

Two glasses


Snooth User: avercher
17077331
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/25/2009

Pleasant. Smooth and easy.


Snooth User: kylewolf
229088440
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 12/05/2009

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: carrbie2000
686356
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 04/20/2008

My husband and I just got back from a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina and had the chance to taste this wine. This wine is amazing, and has one of the smoothest finishes I have ever experienced. For all the winos out there - this is a MUST try!


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External Reviews for Dona Paula Malbec

External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
11/08/2010

At Doña Paula our vineyards have been managed using Sustainable Agriculture practices.The grapes for this wine come from 44 acres planted between 2000 and in our Finca Los Cerezos Estate in Tupungato with some very well reputed French clones, grafted on three different rootstocks. All the stems of the grapes were removed. Temperature reduction immediately after crushing in order to preserve flavours and aromas and reduce the level of SO2. Skins remain in contact with the juice from 8 to 16 hours at 5°C. Pneumatic pressing separating two press fractions, according to polyphenol richness by conductivity and juice tasting. This wine is produced in stainless steel tanks with cooling jackets and without contact with oak. Fermentation temperature ranges from 12 to 14°C. 85% of the wine in the stainless steel tanks has been in contact with the lees for 2 months at 10°C. Vintage: 2009 Region: Finca El Alto, Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo Varietals: 100% Estate grown Chardonnay Alcohol: 14% Acidity: 6.34 g/l (tartaric acid) R/S: 1.53 g/l pH: 3.0 Notes: Our Dona Paula Estate Chardonnay is an eye-catching Golden Yellow colour Its mineral characters and tropical fruits aswell as pear and citrus notes make it complex and fresh on the palate.


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
05/26/2010

At Doña Paula our vineyards have been managed using Sustainable Agriculture practices.The grapes for this wine come from 44 acres planted between 2000 and 2002 in our Finca Los Cerezos Estate in Tupungato with some very well reputed French clones, grafted on three different rootstocks.The vine spacing is 2.2 meters by 1.6 meters with strictly observed vertical shoot positioning and both spur and cane pruning. Canopy management tends to create an even and medium vigorous canopy in order to protect the bunch zone from excessive sun exposure. Yields range from 4 to 5 tn/acre. All the stems of the grapes were removed. Reductive process using antioxidant sulfur dioxide and inert gas blanketing. Temperature reduction immediately after crushing in order to preserve flavours and aromas and reduce the level of SO2.Skins remain in contact with the juice from 8 to 16 hours at 5°C. Pneumatic pressing separating two press fractions, according to polyphenol richness by conductivity a...


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
Vintage: 2010 10/30/2012

BRONZE MEDAL - Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 Finca El Alto is the largest single vineyard malbec estate in the Luján de Cuyo region in Argentina, with 197 hectares (487 acres) planted between 1969 and 1975. Most of the production comes from adult vines trellised in double spur pruned cordon at medium to high vine density (1852 to 3636 vines per hectare). Clay soils produce great structure in the wines and this is the aim of this Estate malbec: richness, elegance, balance and bright fresh fruit aromas, all of them, capable of expressing the Upper Mendoza river´s sense of place. At Doña Paula the vineyards and wines have always been managed using Sustainable Agriculture practices.Careful and gentle desteming with partial berry crushing provides the fresh red berry aromas.Cool pre-fermentation maceration is undertaken for 2 weeks to extract primary aromas, flavours and the intense colour under a non-alcoholic phase. Grapes : Malbec 100% Region : Argentina / Mendoza / Ugarteche Maker : David Bonomi Notes : Intense violet colour, plums, black cherries, licorice and dried herbs basket aromas in the nose. Sweet, round and ample in the mouth with a lingering finish. ABV : 14.1% by vol.


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
Vintage: 2010 05/26/2010

At Doña Paula our vineyards have been managed using Sustainable Agriculture practices The oldest Malbec and Shiraz mass selection in Argentina comes from INTA Alto Valle (Rio Negro), in the Patagonia region and its origin is an old Dijon Selection that was introduced in the late 70s.Vertical shoot positioned, spacing is 2,7m x 2m ; 1852 vines per hectare. Natural crop of 2,5 tn/acre.Harvested by hand during the first week of march, the bunches are carefully transferred to the winery in 1,100 lbs. bins. Gently destemmed and cold macerated during 3 to 4 weeks. Yeasted on stainless steel tanks, 100% of the must is racked into new 100% French oak barrels.Kept in new french barrels for 10 to 12 months, where the wine is aged before being bottled Vintage: 2008 Region: Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo Varietals: ...


External Review
Vintage: 2010 04/10/2014

White pepper and herb notes mark this tangy red, which offers juicy plum and crushed cherry flavors. A touch of smoke chimes in on the woodsy finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
Vintage: 2010 11/08/2010

Finca El Alto is the largest single vineyard malbec planted in Luján de Cuyo region with 197 hectares (487 acres) planted between 1969 and .Most of the production is coming from adult vineyards trellised in double spur pruned cordon at medium to high vines density (1852 to 3636 vines per hectare).Clay soils perform good structure in the wines and this is the aim of this Estate malbec: richness, elegance, balance and bright fresh fruits aromas, all of them, capable to express the Upper Mendoza rivers sense of place. At Doña Paula the vineyards and wines have always been managed using Sustainable Agriculture practices.Carefully and gentle desteming with partial berries crushing with the purpose to provide fresh berry aromas.Cool pre-fermentation maceration for 2 weeks to extract primary aromas, flavours and intense colour under non-alcoholic phase.First part of the fermentation takes place under wild yeast culture and is finished inoculating selected yeast.Fermented at 25°C, keeping the freshness the wine is after racked to new, second and third use French barrels (33% of each one) where the wine is aged during 8 months before being bottled. Vintage: 2009 Region: Finca El Alto, Ugarteche, Luján de Cuyo Varietals: Malbec 100% Alcohol: 14.1% by vol. Acidity: 6,00 g/l (tartaric acid) Res Sugar: 2,19 g/l pH: 3.64 Notes: Intense violet colour, plums, black cherries, licorice and dried herbs basket aromas in the nose. Sweet, round and ample in the mouth with a lingering finish.


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
Vintage: 2010 10/23/2012

Our Dona Paula Estate Shiraz Malbec presents a typical violet-red color. Its aromas of fresh red and black fruits, berries, spices and cigar box announce a smooth and round wine in mouth, Sweet and pleasant with fresh fruit acidity. At Doña Paula the vineyards and wines have always been managed using Sustainable Agriculture practices. Vintage: 2009 Grapes: 60% Shiraz & 40% Malbec from Dona Paulas own Private Estates Region: Finca El Alto, Ugarteche, Luján de Cuyo Taste: Fresh red and black fruits, berries, spices and cigar box announce a smooth and round wine in mouth, Sweet and pleasant with fresh fruit acidity


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Golden yellow color. Citric and mineral aromas with notes of spices and tropical fruits. In the mouth, it is fresh, lively, with good acidity and balance.

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