Amalaya Red

Calchaquí Valley

Amalaya

Amalaya translates to ‘hope for a miracle’ in the indigenous language of the...

now extinct tribe, the Calchaquí. The winery is situated in Cafayate, Calchaquí 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‘.

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Vineyards

The estates' 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 a huge temperature difference 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.

Vintage Information

Harvest took place in March 2011. The grapes were all hand picked into small 15 kilogram boxes. Yields were 12 tonnes per hectare.

Vinification

After careful sorting by hand at the winery, the grapes underwent four days cold maceration followed by a slow alcoholic fermentation. Maceration on the skins lasted around 18-20 days to extract good levels of colour and tannins. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and once complete, 20% of the wine was aged in French oak for a period of 10 months. Fining using egg whites from Amalaya's biodynamic farm took place before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red colour with purple edges. Intense fruity aromas of red berries, raspberries and plums with a touch of spiciness and a touch of chocolate. Very well structured, fresh and fruity in the mouth with soft and rounded tannins. Velvety with a long finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 75% Malbec
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Syrah/Shiraz
5% Tannat
Region Calchaquí Valley, Salta
Winemaker Francisco Puga
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.65g/l
Residual Sugar 3.22g/l
Wine pH 3.8