The Calchaqui Valle, in Salta, has some of the highest vineyards in the world at 1,800 metres above sea level and being semi-desert, it has some of the driest. This means that the vineyards here receive plenty of sunshine and the freedom to grow with less impact from disease. The result is that this Malbec is bright and elegant. Amalaya has blended a juicy Argentinian Malbec has been livened up with some Tannat (10%) and Petit Verdot (5%).
Some subtle and spicy toasted oak underlines some red cherry and berry fruit and gives this core of fruit some structure. Only a small portion (around 25%) of this Malbec has spent 8 months in French oak. This has given the fruit a fuller rounded body, while leaving the fruit fresh and vivacious. Of course, this is a wine styled for food and it will drink well with a grilled steak. Or a haloumi burger with rich fruit and tomato relish. Either way, it is a good quaffer.
Quickie review «A bright vivacious red offering up fresh and fragrant red cherry and berry fruit.»
Country of Origin: Calchaqui Valley, Salta, Argentina
Tasting Date: May 2019
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Needs food: no
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