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Amalaya Tinto De Corte

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Amalaya translates to hope for a miracle' in the indigenous language of the now extinct tribe, the Calchaqui­. The winery is situated in Cafayate, Calchaqui Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina at nearly 1,828 metres above sea level. It is a part of the Hess Family Estates and is run with the same dedication to quality, sustainability and social responsibility as the other Hess Estates. All of the Amalaya wines are fruit driven in style, with a finesse that unites them. These wines offer incredible value for their quality and truly reflect their sense of place.

Grapes

Malbec, Petit Verdot, Tannat

Production

The estate's vineyards are located in the Cafayate Valley in the very heart of the Calchaqui Valley, distinguished for being the highest wine region in the world. The climate here is very dry, with just 150mm of rain in an average year and huge temperature fluctuations of around 20°C. The soils here are rocky, poor and sandy so the roots of the vines are forced to dig deep to find the vital nutrients and water they need, which in turn results in a huge concentration of flavour within the fruit.

The grapes were mechanically harvested, to ensure the fruit is picked at the ideal level of maturity. Once at the winery, the grapes underwent 4 days of cold maceration. Alcoholic fermentation took place at a controlled temperature of 24°C with two pump overs per day. This was then followed by maceration on the skins for 20-25 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks to create a more balanced wine. It was then racked to both stainless steel tanks (75%) and used barrels (25%) to undergo an eight month ageing period prior to blending and bottling.

Tasting Notes

This wine is a brilliant ruby colour with violet edges. The nose boasts aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry, with floral notes and subtle hints of pepper and spice. Flavours of red fruit, spice and vanilla fill the mouth, and the well-integrated tannins are balanced beautifully by an elegant freshness.

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