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 Malbec

SKU 168294
Country Argentina
Region Salta
Type Red
Varietal Blend - Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Listing Specialty
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB SK MB

Colour

Brilliant ruby colour with violet edges.

Aroma

Strawberries, raspberries and ripe fruit with touch of pepper and spices aromas.

Flavour

In mouth, flavours of red fruit, spice and hints of vanilla from aging in French oak. Round, soft tannins lead to a delicate, lingering finish.

Food Pairing

Ideal with light meats such as poultry, and is also delicious with tomato-based pasta sauces and hard cheeses.

More Info

High above sea level, nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains is the home of Bodegas Amalaya, who's wines are 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 5,400 and 5,600 feet above sea level.

97 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2020

2019 -

Platinum Medal "85% Malbec, 10% Tannat, 5% Petit Verdot. Perfumed attractive nose with layers of spice, crunchy strawberries, ripe red plums and fresh violets. Vibrant on the palate with a lovely freshness in harmony with a dense chocolatey character, ending in an elegant spicy finish."

92 pts

James Suckling, Apr/2020

2019 -

"A dusty, chewy red with plenty of tannins and blackberry and smoky flavor. It’s full-bodied and very flavorful. Drink or hold. Screw cap."

90 pts

Tim Atkin MW Best of Argentina Report 2020

2019 -

 

Mundus Vini 2020

2019 -

Gold Medal

91 pts

James Suckling, Mar/2019

2018 -

"A bold, fruit-driven malbec with a lot of blueberry and forest-berry aromas and full, soft tannins that keep the generous body in check. Quite polished finish. Screw cap."

91 pts

Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2019

2018 -

"Amalaya sources this wine from its Finca Las Mercedes in the Calchaqui Valleys, combining Malbec with 7.5% Tannat and 2.5% Petit Verdot. Richly coloured, juicy and aromatic, with just a touch of oak and supple, caressing tannins."

91 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Jul/2020

2018 -

"Herbal black fruit aromas are touched up by notes of earthy spice and cured meat. A prodding palate is both solid and tannic, while this Salta Malbec tastes of blackberry, dark plum, herbs and spices. A lush finish is equally stout, and overall you won't find much fault in this."

89 pts

Gismondi on Wine, Jun/2020

2018 -

"It's been a while since we have seen this wine, but I would reach for it in any store without hesitation. Now perfected under screwcap, it smells like it tastes: stony, mineral, dusty with an inviting black cherry, tobacco, black pepper, savoury palate flecked with orange peel and espresso. Wonderfully dry and fresh, the palate is round and juicy, and the tannins light but structured. Steak or a Tuscan pizza would suit. The Milagro, waiting for a miracle, Amalaya is grown at some of the highest vineyards (1800 meters) in the world. It is mostly malbec mixed with 15 percent cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and tannat, and it is a bargain at $21.99."

 

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sept/2019

2018 -

"Bright medium ruby. Aromas of blackberry and licorice are lifted by savory minerality and a note of black pepper. Then surprisingly supple and chewy on the palate for its gentle price but with the black pepper element ensuring inner-mouth energy. Finishes salty, tactile and gripping. An excellent value for drinking over the next few years."

92 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

2017 -

"Intensely perfumed blossom, cranberries, and chocolate cherries carrying through to the palate. Big, juicy tannins and a fleshy, ripe texture."

91 pts

Tim Atkin MW, 2018 Report: Best of Argentina

2017 -

"Thibaut Delmotte picks the Malbec that makes up 85% of this wine (complemented by 10% Tannat and 5% Petit Verdot) in three different stages for balance. Lightly wooded, it’s a perfumed, red fruited style with some baking spice notes. 2020-24."

90 pts

James Suckling, Apr/2018

2017 -

“Violet extract, granite, oyster shell, nutmeg and pepper. Full body, juicy, grainy tannins and a fruity finish. Drink now.”

90 pts

Decanter Magazine, Sept/2018

2017 -

"A blend of 85% Malbec, 10% Tannat, 5% Petit Verdot. A refreshing expression, layers of pure cherry flavours and notes of spices and violets. The texture is tender and creamy, with a cleansing acidity."

89 pts

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Jul/2018

2017 -

"Bright, dark red. Cool, penetrating aromas of black cherry, licorice, menthol, violet and herbs. At once sweet and penetrating, offering noteworthy precision and inner-mouth floral lift. A lovely, pure entry-level Malbec with no shortage of density or concentration, this juicy midweight finishes with firm but suave tannins and sneaky length."

90 pts

Tim Atkin MW, Argentina Special Report 2017

2016 -

90 pts

Wine Spectator, Dec/2017

2016 -

Top 100 Value Wines of 2017   "A creamy and lush-tasting red, with vibrant crushed red fruit flavors. The peppery finish has good cut and length, showing plenty of juiciness. Drink now through 2020. 55,000 cases made."

90 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

2016 -

"A rich, inky and very dense wine with lots of bramble compote and spiced oak flavours and big, ripe tannins. A second glass, please."

90 pts

Decanter Magazine, Jan/2018

2016 -

"This wonderful label has a knack of translating the breathless altitude, rugged landscape and fierce sun of the Calchaquí Valley into intense yet balanced wines. Tons of roasted dark fruit, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Intense, grounded and long."

94 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

2015 -

"Impressive purity of perfumed fruits, with blackcurrants, boysenberries, cherries, plums and leafy notes. Very expressive mouth, full, juicy and fresh with polished fine tannins, high structure and pure black fruits. Refined, distinctive with a lovely personality."

91 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/2016

2015 -

"The entry-level wine is called 2015 Malbec, even if it still has some 10% Tannat and 5% Syrah in the blend. 2015 saw 140 liters of rain, healthy grapes and good levels of acidity. The grapes come from seven-year-old vines that yielded 9,000 kilos per hectare, 100% from estate grapes. The grapes fermented with neutral yeasts after a four-day cold soak with a total maceration of some 20 days. 25% of the volume matured in used French oak barrels for ten months, while the rest was kept in stainless steel with fine lees. There is a smoky character that I believe comes from the skin of the grapes, which have a high impact from the sun-as with the higher altitude, the rays are much stronger and make grapes develop thicker skins. It made me think of a red from the Northern Rhone, mixing violets, bacon fat and great spiciness. They have replaced Cabernet by Tannat, and I think it has helped remove the herbal aromas and given more character to the blend. The palate is medium-bodied with great freshness and intensity, terribly tasty. This is so easy to drink, it can be dangerous! One to buy by the case, and great for by-the-glass. 695,000 bottles produced."

90 pts

Wine Spectator, Nov/2016

2015 -

Top 100 Value Wines 2016 "A fleshy red, with concentrated blackberry and dried blueberry flavors supported by fresh acidity. Mineral and dark chocolate notes linger with hints of white pepper on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 50,000 cases made."