Salta, Argentina

Amalaya is an exquisite representation of the unique weather, altitude and soil conditions in Argentina’s Northern Calchaqui Valley, located in the province of Salta. The wines honour the heritage and religion of the indigenous Calchaqui people, which is to keep the gods of nature happy and to strive for an equilibrium of forces to ensure sustainability over time. The most worshipped goddess, “Pachamama,” or “Mother Earth,” presides over planting and harvesting and is prayed to each year for a miracle. This “hope for a miracle” translates to “Amalaya” in the local indigenous language and is symbolized by the holistic spiral. With respect to Pachamama, the winemakers of Amalaya treat all their vineyards sustainably.

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Amalaya Blanco

SKU 942342
Country Argentina
Region Salta
Type White
Varietal Blend - Torrontes, Riesling
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB SK MB

Colour

Intense gold with greenish edges.

Aroma

Subtle and complex fruity aromas where apple and floral notes outstand.

Flavour

Sweet entry full of weight. Mineral notes and a touch of honey distinguish. The end is fresh with a kind acidity.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with seafood, spicy dishes and Asian food.

More Info

Where others just saw a desert, we foresaw great wines. In such a way Bodega Amalaya, the new expression of Cafayate, was founded. Amalaya is Donald Hess' new brainchild in Argentina, located in Cafayate Valley Northwestern Argentina, Province of Salta. The word "Amalaya" means "Hope for a Miracle" in the indigenous language. From the bosom of the Desert of Cafayate, this miracle becomes a mystical and magical revelation which offers us top quality grapevines.

91 pts

Tim Atkin MW Best of Argentina Report 2020

2019 -

90 pts

James Suckling, Apr/2020

2019 -

"This has attractive aromas of fresh lychees and peaches with tropical fruit and jasmine. The palate is a riot of juicy, fresh, vivid white peaches and melon. Drink now. Screw cap."

90 pts

Decanter Wine Awards 2020

2019 -

"Lovely nose with waxy citrus and floral aromas. Aromatic palate of lavender, jasmine and lemon peel with a clean freshness."

91 pts

James Suckling, Mar/2019

2018 -

"Fresh and generous citrus and melon aromas with a hint of mint, plus a juicy palate with very bright acidity, making this an appealing and refreshing dry white. The clean and polished finish makes this very food-friendly. A blend of 85 per cent torrontes and 15 per cent riesling. Drink now. Screw cap."

90 pts

Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2019

2018 -

"Always one of Salta's best value whites, this is a scented, harmonious blend of Torrontes with 15% Riesling that sees no oak but is bursting with floral lime and orange zest notes. Refreshing and well balanced."

 

Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

2018 -

Bronze Medal "Easy to enjoy, fresh and crisp, with lots of ripe white/tropical fruit, a good texture and lively acidity. Good to share with Asian food."

 

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sept/2019

2018 -

"Pale lemon-yellow. Zesty aromas of candied lime peel and guava. Fresh, juicy and penetrating, even a bit hard-edged, with citrus zest and quinine flavors further firmed by rocky minerality. Finishes salty, dry and persistent, with lovely lift and a light touch. A very refreshing white wine for twelve bucks. (just 12.5% alcohol; done entirely in stainless steel)"

91 pts

Tim Atkin Master of Wine 2018 Report: Best of Argentina

2017 -

91 pts

James Suckling, Apr/2018

2017 -

"A vibrant, but well-balanced dry white with tons of fresh fruit salad aromas and a hint of floral honey. A crisp, salty, mineral finish. A great food wine! A blend of torrontes and riesling. Drink now. Screw cap."

 

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Jul/2018

2017 -

"Pale, bright yellow. Delicate scents of lemon, flowers, dusty herbs and mint accented by a mineral element. Sweet, savory wine with piercing minerality and firm acidity. A bit metallic and hard-edged but I give this wine a slight edge over the 2016. Finishes limey and uncompromisingly dry. A little more give and this brisk blend would have merited 90 points."

95 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

2016 -

Platinum Medal and Best in Show: Best Value Dry Aromatic "The nose offers a beguiling mix of pineapples and grapes. Inviting jasmine and crisp peach flavours meld with an attractive mouthfeel. Superbly made, with splendid varietal characters. One glass of this won’t be enough!"

94 pts

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017

2016 -

Gold Medal and Best of Class

90 pts

Tim Atkin MW, Argentina Special Report 2017

2016 -

 

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/2016

2016 -

"...The 2016 Amalaya Blanco is an unusual blend of Torrontes with some 15% Riesling from a young vineyard, and the grapes were harvested quite early. It fermented with neutral yeasts at a low temperature to keep the aromas and it didn't go through malolactic fermentation, bottled after one month in tank. This is a young and fruit-driven white, sharp and aromatic, with only 13% alcohol-which for Salta is quite low. The Riesling was harvested at only 11%, which lent some herbal aromas and great acidity. In 2016, they got their first Riesling grapes from a new parral vineyard in Cafayate, but they still purchased some grapes. The notes of the Torrontes are not overpowering, there are hints of jasmine and talcum powder, with some green lemon and fennel aromas. It's clean, pungent and sharp, really refreshing. Putting it in my mouth made me salivate and think about the empanadas from Salta! A superb aperitif wine and superb value, too! 192,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2016, when in the northern hemisphere, the 2016 harvest had not yet started. 2016 looks like a very good year for the Salta whites."