Amalaya translates as ‘hope for a miracle’ in the indigenous language of the now extinct tribe, the Calchaquí. The winery, part of Hess Family Wine Estates, is situated in the Calchaquí Valley in Salta, in the far north of Argentina. At 1,828 metres above sea level, it is one of the highest vineyard areas in the world. This extreme region is characterized by its dry climate with no more than 150 mm of annual rainfall, significant thermal amplitude and rocky and sandy soil. Malbec (85%) dominates this blend with Cabernet Franc and Tannat making up the difference. The nose offers opulent notes of blackcurrant coulis, truffle and spice whilst the palate is generous with mouthfilling, velvety tannins. Ageing for 12 months in oak barrels adds roundness and structure to the ample fruit core. An impressive Malbec!
Robin says "As delicious as Amalaya's straight Malbec is, their Gran Corte Barrel Selection is a marked step up in richness, layers and length. It features an appealing blend of sweet, concentrated bramble fruits and appealing umami notes like black truffle."