The Calchaqui Valley is in the Salta region, northern Argentina. Situated in the foothills of the Andes it is the highest wine region in the world; the altitude ensures that nights are cool which is vital for keeping the wines fresh. Drip irrigation is necessary as the vineyards receive as little as 15cm of rain a year.
Amalaya is part of Hess Family Estates – which began in 1844 – also including Colome in Argentina, Glen Carlou in South Africa, The Hess Collection in California and Peter Lehmann in Australia. Now in its forth generation, the collection of wine producing houses is owned by Swiss financier Donald Hess.
85% Torrontes, 15% Riesling
Calchaquí Valley experienced excellent conditions in 2021. The total rainfall was a little lower than usual, 167mm. The growing season was balanced without any threat from frost or disease. During ripening there was little rain so botrytis could not develop. The cloudy days ensured that the grapes were not sun burnt and retained their freshness.
Lovely aperitif, but matches well with delicate and gently spiced shellfish, e.g. crab and chilli pasta sauce, Thai fish soup.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, practising organic.
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Decanter World Wide Wines – Silver 2022