Doña Paula Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Finca El Alto in Ugarteche (Luján de Cuyo).
Intense ruby red color. Aromas of black fruits, cassis, spices, graphite and red pepper. In the mouth, it is concentrated, with ample and ripe tannins. Long and persistent finish.
From the clayey soils of Finca El Alto in Ugarteche (Luján de Cuyo), we chose the poorest profiles, which result from the combination of pebbles, gravel and clay, to plant our Doña Paula Estate Cabernet Sauvignon in 1998. The yield is between 7 to 9 tonnes per hectare (around 2.83 and 3.65 tonnes per acre) and drip irrigation is used. This estate is located at 1,050 meters (almost 3,445 ft) above sea level and the climate in this area typically presents warm days and cool nights, with an average temperature variation of 14°C (57.2°F) and an average annual rainfall of 200 mm (7.87 in). The trellis system used is espalier. At Doña Paula, our vineyards have always been managed using sustainable agriculture practices.
Manual harvest takes place in the first week of April. After gentle destemming, the must is cold macerated before fermentation in order to preserve primary aromas. Temperature during fermentation ranges between 23 and 25°C (73.4 and 77°F). A post-fermentation maceration is carried out for 10 to 15 days and malolactic fermentation is done in barriques. Ageing takes place in first, second, and third-use French oak barriques during 12 months.