Amalaya Calchaquí Valley Malbec
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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, and the well-integrated tannins are balanced beautifully by an elegant freshness.
The estate's vineyards are located in Cafayate in the very heart of the Calchaquí Valley, distinguished for being one of the highest wine regions in the world at 1700 metres above sea level. The climate is very dry, with just 150 millimetres of rain in an average year and huge diurnal temperature fluctuations of around 20°C. The soils here 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 results in fruit with hugely concentrated flavour.
Once at the winery, the grapes underwent a four day cold maceration. Fermentation took place at a controlled temperature of 24°C with two pump overs per day. This was then followed by maceration on the skins for 20-25 days, to extract good levels of colour and tannins. Malolactic conversion then took place in stainless steel tanks to give the wine greater balance. It was then racked to both stainless steel tanks (75%) and used barrels (25%) to undergo an eight month ageing period prior to blending and bottling.