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 Gran Corte

SKU 609313
Country Argentina
Region Salta
Type Red
Varietal Blend - Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Franc
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 6x750ml
Available In BC AB MB

Colour

Intensely purple, rich and dark in colour with ruby edges.

Aroma

Profound aromas of blackberry, black currants and blueberries are layered with recognizable spice and a touch of mint.

Flavour

The structure is made up of fruity and intense tannins with a middle mouth full of fruit explosion that comes from Malbec. At the end some fruit preserve, chocolate and liquorish notes appear.

Food Pairing

Ideal with grilled beef, lamb or flavourful rice dishes.

More Info

Amalaya is an exquisite representation of the unique weather and soil conditions in Argentina's Northern Calchaqui Valley that also honors the heritage of the native Calchaqui Indians.
The Calchaqui Valley sits in the northwestern region of Argentina in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range at an altitude between 5,250 and 5,580 feet above sea level. The high altitude provides a unique growing climate for the sustainably-farmed vineyard, providing intense sun in the day and cool nights that help better retain the acidity and concentrated fruit characteristics of the grapes.
Gran Corte is fermented in new barrels and aged for 12 months in French Oak.

91 pts

Tim Atkin MW Best of Argentina Report 2020

2018 -

90 pts

James Suckling, Apr/2020

2018 -

"Blackberries, figs and violet aromas oozing out from the glass with a juicy, round palate, propped up by well-crafted, polished tannin. A blend of 85% malbec, 9% cabernet franc and 6% tannat. Drink now or hold."

93 pts

James Suckling, Mar/2019

2017 -

"An attractive array of violets and dark berries on the nose, leading to a smooth, rich and silky palate that is laced with cedary oak influence. There’s a wealth of fresh and polished appeal in play here. Drink or hold."

92 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

2017 -

"85% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Franc. Great density and concentration of flavour here with pure dark fruits, flowers and spices complemented by the herbal spiciness of sage and cassis leaf. A perfect Malbec for beef empanadas."

91 pts

Wine Spectator, Dec/2019

2017 -

"Taut and well-framed, with sinewy power to the dried dark currant, wild plum and black olive flavors, backed by medium-grained tannins. Hot stone and spice details show on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 10,500 cases made, 600 cases imported."

90 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sept/2019

2017 -

"Saturated medium ruby. Aromas of crushed blackberry, licorice and saline minerality. A step up in sweetness and density from the 2018 Malbec but leavened by firm high-altitude acidity. This barrel selection will offer even wider appeal than the 2018 Malbec owing to its sweetness and rather soft tannins. Finishes with good length. Another excellent value. (14.5% alcohol with a healthy 6.15 grams per liter of acidity)"

90 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate Oct/2019

2017 -

"The 2017 Gran Corte is an easy to drink blend of Malbec with 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Tannat from Cafayate. It has ripe and grapey aromas and hints of blueberries and raisins, with integrated spicy oak. The palate is medium-bodied and revealed good fruit, fine tannins and a soft mouthfeel, nicely textured. 78,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2018."

94 pts

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017

2016 -

Gold Medal and Best of Class

92 pts

Tim Atkin Master of Wine 2018 Report: Best of Argentina

2016 -

90 pts

Tim Atkin MW, Argentina Special Report 2017

2016 -

 

90 pts

James Suckling, Apr/2018

2016 -

“Although this has plenty of alcohol, the blackberry and blueberry aromas are fresh and the tannins are pleasantly dry. A hint of mint helps to freshen things up at the finish. With slightly less ripeness and more acidity this would rate higher. Drink or hold.”

90 pts

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Jul/2018

2016 -

"Full, bright ruby. Dark berry and licorice aromas are complicated by oak notes of coffee, mocha and bitter chocolate. Suave, gentle and easygoing but with good definition and a touch of medicinal reserve to its creamy dark raspberry fruit. A highly successful blend with mineral lift, this wine spreads out on the back end to dust the tongue and incisors. The tannins are sweet and ripe. I like this!"

 

Gismondi on Wine, May/2018

2016 -

"Amalaya is a modern Argentine producer located in Cafayate, Salta. Amalaya, or a hope for miracle, is nod to the local farmers who made offerings in hope of a large and high-quality harvest each year. At 1,800 meters above sea level, the winery has two main vineyard sites at Las Mercedes and San Isidro. There are 107 hectares planted with a hundred more to come. The site is cool and dry, with poor soils and a huge daily thermal amplitude, all of which set the stage for its compelling wines. But 2016 was anything but a miracle vintage, unless, of course, just making wine counts. The harvest yielded the lowest production in 20 years, some 40 percent less than 2015. It opens with heightened acidity and spicy, black fruit notes before a cooler, skinny palate with savoury, peppery red fruit flavours and a touch of tomato. There is fine intensity but the finish is short. This is ready to drink and is best served with lamb chops or sausages. The blend is an 85/10/5 mix of malbec, cabernet franc, tannat."

90+ pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/2016

2014 -

"The 2014 Amalaya Gran Corte is a blend of Malbec with some 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Tannat that wants to showcase the potential of their vineyards in Cafayate. Rains were the average 125 liters (extremely low compared to other places and the vines need to be irrigated or they'd die), and the year was very balanced, for them one of the best in recent times. The grapes were picked at full ripeness, fermented with indigenous yeasts and the wine matured in one-third new oak barrels (two-thirds French, the rest American) for one year. Until 2012, there was a lot of purchased grapes and in 2014, it's 100% of their own grapes, and you really notice a big step up in quality. This is harvested up to 20 days after the Amalaya Malbec and you get darker fruit; also, the influence of the oak is more noticeable, with abundant sweet spices (cinnamon, vanilla) and a core of decayed violets. The palate is round, tasty and very spicy, with some smokiness, displaying a more commercial profile. 78,000 bottles produced."

90 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

2014 -

Silver Medal

 

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Aug/2015

2012 -

"The Gran Corte is a blend of Malbec with some 7% each of Cabernet Franc and Tannat harvested quite ripe from their Finca San Isidro vineyard in the highest part of Cafayate. The Cabernet Franc and Tannat are pruned in a parral style, in a pergola. Part of the wine fermented in oak barrels (all the Tannat and Cabernet Franc, and around half of the Malbec) with a long maceration of 45-50 days in contact with the skins. All the wine aged in French oak barriques (one third new) for around one year. There are plenty of smoke, spices and toasty notes derived from the élevage, and the fruit is quite ripe, blackberries and plums. The palate is medium to full-bodied, ripe and juicy with sweet tannins. 144,000 bottles produced."