40% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Syrah, 3% Tannat. Intense red color with some ruby hues. Very expressive in the nose, with highlighting red fruit aromas and spicy notes. In the mouth, a fresh and complex wine. The clay loam soil of Ugarteche helps to generate its smooth-textured tannins. A good balance is achieved with what each variety contributes to the blend.
El Alto Vineyard is located in Ugarteche, in the southern part of Luján de Cuyo, at 1,050 meters (3,445 feet) above sea level. The soils range from sandy loam to clay loam, with variable content of stone. The climate typically presents warm days and cool nights, with an average temperature variation of 14 °C (57.2 °F) and an average annual rainfall of 250 mm (9.8 in). The vines yield 12 tons per hectare, and they are grown in espaliers, using drip irrigation. At Doña Paula, our vineyards have always been managed using sustainable agricultural practices.
Harvest takes place between mid and late March. The grapes are destemmed and the berries are softly crushed. Next, the must is cooled and traditionally fermented. Post-fermentation maceration lasts between 10 and 15 days and, after that, each varietal undergoes malolactic fermentation separately. Once this last fermentation is over, the varietals are blended and the wine is ready to start ageing.
14 – 16 C°