Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are blended to create this
complex and balanced wine of a deep violet color. In the nose, it has floral
aromas – such as violet and rosehip – typical of the Malbec variety.
The Syrah contributes spicy notes, good volume in the mouth and silky
tannins, whereas the Cabernet Sauvignon complements the blend with a
Doña Paula 1100 comes from 3 blocks in our Los Indios Vineyard, which
is located in El Cepillo, San Carlos, Uco Valley, at 1,100 meters (3,610 feet)
above sea level. The sandy loam soil here has great drainage; in some
sectors, there are gravel and stone deposits of colluvial origin, always
bound by a thick, 70 cm (27.5 in) deep layer of black caliche. Days are
warm and nights cold; the average temperature variation is 16 °C
(60.8°F), and the average annual rainfall reaches 300 mm (11.8 in).
The vines yield 7 to 9 tons per hectare. At Doña Paula, our vineyards have
always been managed using sustainable agricultural practices.
The harvest starts with Syrah in the first week of April, it continues with
Malbec by mid-April, and it finishes with Cabernet Sauvignon at the end
of the same month. The grapes are hand-picked and then they are
destemmed gently, without breaking the berries. Each variety undergoes
cold maceration separately, in stainless steel tanks, to extract the
primary aromas. Once the alcoholic fermentation is complete, the blend
is made, and the aging process is carried out in 20% new French oak
barrels, for 16 months