Doña Paula Estate Blue Edition Velvet Blend 2018


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An intense, complex and vibrant array of fresh fruit aromas are displayed in this stunning Argentinian blend. Wild berry notes come from the Malbec, cherry flavours from the Pinot Noir and the Bonarda imparts juicy layers of blackberry and redcurrant. A voluminous palate with silky tannins leads to a long and pleasant finish.

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The grapes were sourced from the El Alto vineyard in Ugarteche, Luján de Cuyo. The estate is located at 1,050 metres above sea level, where the climate typically presents warm days and cool nights, with an average temperature variation of 14°C. This diurnal temperature variation encourages a long ripening period, producing a greater concentration of flavours in the grapes while retaining balancing acidity. The soils are predominantly clay loam, but have poor profiles resulting from a mixture of pebbles, gravel and clay. Irrigated by a drip system, the vines are cultivated using an espalier training method and the vineyards are managed sustainably.

The grapes were hand-picked towards the end of March when they had reached optimal maturity. A cold pre-fermentation maceration took place preserving the primary fruit aromas. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 25 to 28°C, followed by spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The wine was made in an unoaked style showcasing the purity of fruit in this distinctive blend.

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RRP £13.99
Vintage 2018
Alcoholic strength 13.5%
Serve with A juicy pan-fried steak with hand-cut chips
Awards Robert Parker, 90 points, 2019
Grapes Malbec 60%, Pinot Noir 30%, Bonarda 10%
Body C
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Doña Paula

Doña Paula is a leading, modern winery at the forefront of exploring and investing in new, high quality wine regions in Argentina. Established in 1997, they own all of their vineyards covering 700 hectares. These vineyard sites are located in the best subregions within Mendoza including Ugarteche, Altamira, Gualtallary and Tupungato. The vineyards have always been cultivated using sustainable methods which helps to maximise the true expression of terroir, and in 2019 Doña Paula was certified as a sustainably managed winery by Bodegas de Argentina. Continuous innovation in vineyard management ensures Doña Paula produces top quality wines from one year to the next.