These two wines are two of the most searched for wines in the UK but there is loads of confusion within the public about them.
Dona Paula is the estate in Mendoza that produces these two wines. It 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.
The vineyard sites are located in the best sub-regions within Mendoza including Ugarteche, Altamira, Gualtallary and Tupungato. Dona Paula practice sustainable methods in the vineyards, maximising the true expression of terroir.
Their continuous innovation in terms of vineyard management ensures top quality wines from one year to the next. But here lies the problem with producing leading wines but not necessarily differentiating between them.
There are at least 5 wines made by this grower that could be considered as Dona Paula Malbec in the mids off the searcher but may turn out to be a completely different wine to what they are expecting to buy.
Each Malbec is made in a different style and from different soils. The Grapes in the Paula Malbec for example are sourced from Dona Paula's estate owned vineyards, Finca el Alto in Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo all of which have poor clayey soils.
Paula Malbec has an intense purplish red colour. Coupled with sweet, spicy and intense aromas and notes of red fruits and herbs (such as Herbes de Provence). In the mouth, this wine is soft, velvety, fresh, and well balanced. This Malbec is is best served with barbequed meat or haggis.
The main confusion is between the Paula Malbec and the Dona Paula Malbec. The second is known as the Dona Paula Estate Malbec and come from The Finca El Alton vineyard. This was planted between 1967 and 2007.
Dona Paula Estate Malbec has an intense violet colour with aromas of plums, black cherries, liquorice and dried herbs . Sweet, round and generous in the mouth with a lingering finish. It is aged in first, second and third use barrels which impart a very different flavour and complexity to the wine.
This is quite different to the Paula Malbec described previously.
So the next time you are looking for one of the beautiful malice’s from the Dona Paula Wines range make sure you have the right search terms to use to help in your quest.