Amalaya

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amalaya-shelved-wineAmalaya translates as ‘hope for a miracle’ in the indigenous language of the now extinct tribe, the Calchaquí. The winery is situated in the Calchaquí Valley in Salta, in the far north of Argentina, at 1,828 metres above sea level. It is a part of Hess Family Wine Estates and is run with the same dedication to quality, sustainability and social responsibility as the other Hess estate in the region: Bodega Colomé. Amalaya has 80 hectares planted with Malbec, Torrontés, Riesling, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Bonarda, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot, with another 40 hectares in development. The grapes are sourced from three vineyards: ‘Finca Las Mercedes’ (with deep sandy soils); ‘Finca San Isidro’ (with rocky soils); and ‘Finca Amalaya’ (fractured rocky soils and stones of varying sizes). Like the wines of Bodega Colomé, the grapes benefit from being planted at altitude. The vines are drip irrigated using mountain run-off water that is stored in reservoirs because the average annual rainfall is only 150mm.

17.99£

Deep ruby red in colour with aromas of red fruit, blackberries and soft vanilla notes imparted from the oak. It's a concentrated, fruit-forward wine with rounded, supple tannins and a long, delicate finish.

5.99£

This wine is a brilliant ruby colour with purple edges. The nose boasts aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry, with floral notes and subtle hints of pepper and spice. Flavours of red fruit, spice and vanilla fill the mouth, the well-integrated tannins balanced beautifully by an elegant freshness.

11.99£

This wine is a brilliant ruby colour with purple edges. The nose boasts aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry, with floral notes and subtle hints of pepper and spice. Flavours of red fruit, spice and vanilla fill the mouth, the well-integrated tannins balanced beautifully by an elegant freshness.

11.25£

This wine is pale gold in colour with youthful highlights. On the nose, there are intense aromas of grapefruit and lemon peel, which is typical of Torrontés, balanced by a touch of minerality and floral notes. On the palate, it has a crisp acidity with a long, mineral finish.