Amalaya translates as ‘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‘.
The fruit for this single vineyard flagship wine comes from the San Isidoro vineyard located in the Cafayate Valley in the very heart of the Calchaqui Valley. At 1,800 metres above sea level, it is one of the highest wine regions in the world. The climate here is very dry, with just 150 millimetres of rain in an average year and a huge diurnal temperature range of around 20°C. The soils 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.
The Calchaquí Valley saw excellent conditions in 2018. The temperatures recorded during the winter were lower than average, with heavy snow in July. The lower temperatures continued into September and October, which slowed down bud break. 2018 was the driest of the last four vintages. Temperatures increased, well above average, from February to April. The increase in the temperature increased the sugar levels and polyphenolic maturity, resulting in high concentration of aromas and flavours in the grapes.
After hand harvesting and careful sorting by hand at the winery, the grapes were barrel-fermented in new French oak for 60 days. Malolactic fermentation took place and once completed, the wine was then aged in French oak for a period of 12 months.
This wine is deep and intense in colour, with aromas of ripe black fruit, jam and chocolate with floral undertones. Well-balanced, the palate is complex and full-bodied with fine-grained tannins
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