2018 AMALAYA, Torrontes-Riesling. Calchaquí Valley, Salta, Argentina
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Area: The Calchaquí Valley is predominately in the Salta province in north west Argentina. With neighbouring Jujuy, this is the highest wine producing region in the world. The altitude ensures cool nights which are vital for keeping the wines fresh. Irrigation is of course necessary as it only rains 15cm a year.
Amalaya itself is just north of the town of Cafayate, at an altitude of 1,800m.
Grape Variety: 85% Torrontes, 15% Riesling; fermented in steel and bottled after three months
Producer: Amalaya is part of Hess Family Estates, owned by Swiss financier Donald Hess, which also incudes Colomé (just an hour further north, and 800m higher, in Salta province), Glen Carlou in South Africa, The Hess Collection in California and Peter Lehmann in Australia. The word Amalaya means 'Hope for a Miracle' in the local dialect
Food Match: As so often with aromatic whites, this makes a great aperitif or an ideal partner for gently spicy dishes (crab and chilli linguini, devilled whitebait, spiced prawns)
Old Bridge Rating: Argentina's white speciality is Torrontes, here with a touch of Riesling. Perfumed (rather like a Muscat), full of fruit and yet dry and appetizing. Trophy winner in the 'Decanter World Wine Awards'
Press Reviews: "Amalaya is the essence of the summer, bursting with exotic perfume on the nose and a rapier-sharp finish. Perfect for upmarket entertaining!” - Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail Weekend.
"Intense florals with ripe peach, melon and a stony, mineral edge on the palate. Fruit purity, concentration." Decanter Magazine.
£10.95 per bottle
£10.40 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£9.86 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles