Paula Malbec from Dona Paula

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Paula Malbec from Dona Paula 2020 Made by the Dona Paula Estate in Mendoza, Argentina, Paula Malbec has a perfect balance of red fruit and alcohol, resulting in a silky smooth...

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Paula Malbec from Dona Paula 2020

Made by the Dona Paula Estate in Mendoza, Argentina, Paula Malbec has a perfect balance of red fruit and alcohol, resulting in a silky smooth texture and herbal flavours mixed with blackcurrants. It is a little easier on the palate than classic French Malbec wine. The Dona Paula Malbec is still bold, yet pairs better with a meal. Much of the global production of this variety can be found in Argentina, making them a leading producer and expert in this dark purple grape variety. Argentine Malbec differs in its tannic structure to French Malbec, which tends to feel harsher on the tongue and throat. In fact, Argentine Malbec has succeeded where the French variety has not due to a superior climate that makes for healthier vines less prone to disease and rot.


Winery Information

Dona Paula was established in 1997 and began exporting to the Netherlands, the UK, and the US in 2002. The estate winery currently owns 703 hectares of vineyards throughout Mendoza in the foothills of the Andes. They have been perfecting their Malbec since their establishment, beginning with their first vineyard in Ugarteche. It has utilised sustainable agriculture and organic practises throughout its tenure. Dona Paula wines have won a number of awards against other Argentinian wineries and gained status among professional wine tasters for their superior wines. It has benefited from an increase in demand from the US, Europe, and around the world for Argentinian wines. Exports to the US alone tripled between 2002 and 2006. Dona Paula wines meet the elusive ideals of terroir, variety, and lower production costs, allowing them to produce sustainable estate wines and offer them at a wonderful value to their customers.



The grapes of this Argentine Malbec are grown about 1,050 meters above sea level in El Alto Vineyard in Ugarteche. The poor, rocky soil there is rich in clay with alluvial stone inlays. The average temperature variation is 14 degrees Celsius, and an average of 250mm of rain falls each year. The vines climb espalier trellises. Warm days and cool nights produce 10 to 12 tonnes per hectare, making it a low-yield crop. Drip irrigation provides each plant with the ideal amount of water without the waste or run-off of other methods.



After a March harvest, the grapes are destemmed, then they undergo a gentle crushing process. The cold pre-fermentative maceration preserves the primary aromas, followed by cooling and traditional fermentation. The post-fermentation maceration continues for 10 to 15 days, followed by malolactic fermentation.


Tasting Notes

The velvety, soft mouthfeel of this concentrated Dona Paula Malbec combines with sweet, spicy aromas for a delicious experience alone or paired with food. The dark purple wine holds notes of red fruits and Herbes de Provence. You may also taste blackberry, plum, black cherry, tobacco, and cocoa powder. It is somewhat dry and acidic, with only 2.4g/l of residual sugar. Although the softness and elements of sweetness make it easy to drink, it has a high alcohol content of 14%.


Serving suggestion

Malbec pairs well with anything umami. A lovely accompaniment to barbecued meat, gourmet sausages or steak and chips.


Awards: 2013 Sommelier Wine Awards- Bronze


Additional Resources:




Grape- Malbec 100%


Country - Argentina


Region: Mendoza


Alcohol: 14%


Body Value: C (A is light, E is full bodied)


Residual Sugar: 2.1


Contains Sulphites: Yes


Vegetarian/Vegan: Yes/No

Closure: Stelvin

Can you explain your shipping charges?

We charge the amount the courier charges us to deliver the wines. In the majority of cases this is £10.00 for a dozen wines. For local delivery we charge £5.00 as we can often do this ourselves, by local we mean Milton Keynes.

Couriers charge by weight and size and a case of wines is both heavy and bulky and so the costs are fairly high. The charges are the same if you are buying 1 bottle or 6 bottles but they change if you go over 6 bottles due the the excess weight and size. Couriers also charge a fee to cover fuel excess and this all goes towards the total cost not to mention the 20% VAT to be added to everything.

Currently if someone orders a dozen wines they are charged £10.00 but if they order 24 bottles the charge is the same!

If you wish to have your wines shipped to other countries the costs are extreemly high and often not worth paying for. The cost for example to ship to the USA for a dozen wines would be £100.00 for the shipping alone! Therefore we have taken the decision not to ship any wines outside of the UK.


What is your minimum order?

The minimum order is 1 bottle! I prefer it if people order more and you get better value with the delivery if you do this too!


What if I want to send wine as a gift?

No problem, we will send to your preferred address and even include a card free of charge!

We have two kinds of cards a blank one and a Thank you one. However if you want a Valentines one or a birthday card or anyother type of card please let us know. We will write your personal greeting and even include the soppy stuff. We don't charge for the cards as its our way of thanking you for choosing us to send a gift to your loved one. 


What about a discount?

I may be able to take a little off the price if you ask nicely and there is a large enough order. Please do not ask for a discount on any orders under 12 bottles.  Email me with your requirements and I will let you know if I can do anything. However the best way to get a discount is to sign up for the newsletter as there is often special offers given away to newsletter subscribers.

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Paula Malbec from Dona Paula

£11.00 £10.46