2013 Dona Paula ‘Alluvia Parcel’ Malbec
Tastes Like: Blueberry, Boysenberry, Graphite, Spice
Wine is ultimately an agricultural product, an artefact of place and time, and the very best bottles we’ve ever tasted are the ones that truly express their origins. Nobody takes this idea more seriously than Doña Paula’s own Martín Kaiser. Named 2020’s Viticulturalist of the Year by renowned Master of Wine Tim Atkin, Martín is one of the world’s foremost experts on terroir.
Martín has identified more than 700 different soil combinations in Doña Paula’s vineyards, and his ultimate goal is to let their unique traits shine through. This is especially important for a high-altitude bush vine site like the Alluvia Parcel, where large riverbed stones, sand, and chalk combine to create otherworldly complexity in each grape.
To preserve every intricate nuance, Martín separates the fruit into 200 separate microvinifications – that is, he ferments each individual block on its own, using native yeasts for maximum expression of place. This level attention to detail is practically unheard of, but once again, the payoff is big. The 2013 Alluvia Parcel Malbec offers unmatched purity and beautiful, unadulterated flavors of blueberry, boysenberry, and black raspberry, with accents of graphite and spice that reflect the quality of the vineyard.
“With alluvial, stony, and calcareous soils, this vineyard is literally located on a riverbed and was planted to bush vines. This helps it adapt to the heat from both the sun and that radiated from the stones. The high altitude, over 4,430 feet, makes the fruit feel fresh and vibrant. There are herbal notes, spicy details, and above all an exuberance of flavors that radiate their light in the mouth. A faithful sample of Gualtallary as a terroir.”
– 96 Points, Descorchados (translated from Spanish)
“An unctuous red, with a deep well of blackberry, dark plum, currant and black olive flavors, backed by plenty of rich savoriness and firm tannins. Creamy midpalate, offering a buoyant finish that lingers with chocolate and spice details. Drink now through 2024.”
– 95 Points, Wine Spectator
– 95 Points & “Best Argentine Wines of 2017”, Tim Atkin