Amalaya is an exquisite representation of the unique weather, altitude and soil conditions in Argentina’s Northern Calchaqui Valley, located in the province of Salta. The wines honour the heritage and religion of the indigenous Calchaqui people, which is to keep the gods of nature happy and to strive for an equilibrium of forces to ensure sustainability over time. The most worshipped goddess, “Pachamama,” or “Mother Earth,” presides over planting and harvesting and is prayed to each year for a miracle. This “hope for a miracle” translates to “Amalaya” in the local indigenous language and is symbolized by the holistic spiral. With respect to Pachamama, the winemakers of Amalaya treat all their vineyards sustainably.View Supplier Page
|Varietal||Blend - Malbec, Tannat, Petit Verdot|
|Available In||BC AB SK MB|
Brilliant ruby colour with violet edges.
Strawberries, raspberries and ripe fruit with touch of pepper and spices aromas.
In mouth, flavours of red fruit, spice and hints of vanilla from aging in French oak. Round, soft tannins lead to a delicate, lingering finish.
Ideal with light meats such as poultry, and is also delicious with tomato-based pasta sauces and hard cheeses.
High above sea level, nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains is the home of Bodegas Amalaya, who's wines are an exquisite representation of the unique weather and soil conditions in Argentina's Northern Calchaqui Valley that also honors the heritage of the native Calchaqui Indians. The Calchaqui Valley sits in the northwestern region of Argentina in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range at an altitude between 5,400 and 5,600 feet above sea level.
Platinum Medal "85% Malbec, 10% Tannat, 5% Petit Verdot. Perfumed attractive nose with layers of spice, crunchy strawberries, ripe red plums and fresh violets. Vibrant on the palate with a lovely freshness in harmony with a dense chocolatey character, ending in an elegant spicy finish."
"A dusty, chewy red with plenty of tannins and blackberry and smoky flavor. It’s full-bodied and very flavorful. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
"Originally from France’s Bordeaux region and typically used as a minor grape in red blends, Malbec has been embraced by Argentine producers, who continue to move the grape beyond simple jammy fruit bombs. The Amalaya 2019 Malbec (Calchaqui Valley/Salta, Argentina - $19.99, Liquor Marts and beyond) is a fantastic example; with fruit sourced from high-altitude vineyards, this Malbec delivers core aromas of blackcurrant and plum, with striking notes of violet, smoke and dark chocolate. On the full-bodied palate the beautiful blueberry, plum and tart blackcurrant flavours work wonders with white pepper, dark chocolate and subtle herbal notes that come through, with fine tannins and a splash of acidity on the finish. Offering muscle and elegance, it’s not just a fantastic example of Malbec, but just an excellent wine overall - it's easy to see why this stunner was awarded a whopping 97 points at the Decanter World Wine Awards. 5/5"
"A bold, fruit-driven malbec with a lot of blueberry and forest-berry aromas and full, soft tannins that keep the generous body in check. Quite polished finish. Screw cap."
"Amalaya sources this wine from its Finca Las Mercedes in the Calchaqui Valleys, combining Malbec with 7.5% Tannat and 2.5% Petit Verdot. Richly coloured, juicy and aromatic, with just a touch of oak and supple, caressing tannins."
"Herbal black fruit aromas are touched up by notes of earthy spice and cured meat. A prodding palate is both solid and tannic, while this Salta Malbec tastes of blackberry, dark plum, herbs and spices. A lush finish is equally stout, and overall you won't find much fault in this."
"It's been a while since we have seen this wine, but I would reach for it in any store without hesitation. Now perfected under screwcap, it smells like it tastes: stony, mineral, dusty with an inviting black cherry, tobacco, black pepper, savoury palate flecked with orange peel and espresso. Wonderfully dry and fresh, the palate is round and juicy, and the tannins light but structured. Steak or a Tuscan pizza would suit. The Milagro, waiting for a miracle, Amalaya is grown at some of the highest vineyards (1800 meters) in the world. It is mostly malbec mixed with 15 percent cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and tannat, and it is a bargain at $21.99."
"Bright medium ruby. Aromas of blackberry and licorice are lifted by savory minerality and a note of black pepper. Then surprisingly supple and chewy on the palate for its gentle price but with the black pepper element ensuring inner-mouth energy. Finishes salty, tactile and gripping. An excellent value for drinking over the next few years."
"Intensely perfumed blossom, cranberries, and chocolate cherries carrying through to the palate. Big, juicy tannins and a fleshy, ripe texture."
"Thibaut Delmotte picks the Malbec that makes up 85% of this wine (complemented by 10% Tannat and 5% Petit Verdot) in three different stages for balance. Lightly wooded, it’s a perfumed, red fruited style with some baking spice notes. 2020-24."
“Violet extract, granite, oyster shell, nutmeg and pepper. Full body, juicy, grainy tannins and a fruity finish. Drink now.”
"A blend of 85% Malbec, 10% Tannat, 5% Petit Verdot. A refreshing expression, layers of pure cherry flavours and notes of spices and violets. The texture is tender and creamy, with a cleansing acidity."
"Bright, dark red. Cool, penetrating aromas of black cherry, licorice, menthol, violet and herbs. At once sweet and penetrating, offering noteworthy precision and inner-mouth floral lift. A lovely, pure entry-level Malbec with no shortage of density or concentration, this juicy midweight finishes with firm but suave tannins and sneaky length."
Top 100 Value Wines of 2017 "A creamy and lush-tasting red, with vibrant crushed red fruit flavors. The peppery finish has good cut and length, showing plenty of juiciness. Drink now through 2020. 55,000 cases made."
"A rich, inky and very dense wine with lots of bramble compote and spiced oak flavours and big, ripe tannins. A second glass, please."
"This wonderful label has a knack of translating the breathless altitude, rugged landscape and fierce sun of the Calchaquí Valley into intense yet balanced wines. Tons of roasted dark fruit, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Intense, grounded and long."
"Impressive purity of perfumed fruits, with blackcurrants, boysenberries, cherries, plums and leafy notes. Very expressive mouth, full, juicy and fresh with polished fine tannins, high structure and pure black fruits. Refined, distinctive with a lovely personality."
"The entry-level wine is called 2015 Malbec, even if it still has some 10% Tannat and 5% Syrah in the blend. 2015 saw 140 liters of rain, healthy grapes and good levels of acidity. The grapes come from seven-year-old vines that yielded 9,000 kilos per hectare, 100% from estate grapes. The grapes fermented with neutral yeasts after a four-day cold soak with a total maceration of some 20 days. 25% of the volume matured in used French oak barrels for ten months, while the rest was kept in stainless steel with fine lees. There is a smoky character that I believe comes from the skin of the grapes, which have a high impact from the sun-as with the higher altitude, the rays are much stronger and make grapes develop thicker skins. It made me think of a red from the Northern Rhone, mixing violets, bacon fat and great spiciness. They have replaced Cabernet by Tannat, and I think it has helped remove the herbal aromas and given more character to the blend. The palate is medium-bodied with great freshness and intensity, terribly tasty. This is so easy to drink, it can be dangerous! One to buy by the case, and great for by-the-glass. 695,000 bottles produced."
Top 100 Value Wines 2016 "A fleshy red, with concentrated blackberry and dried blueberry flavors supported by fresh acidity. Mineral and dark chocolate notes linger with hints of white pepper on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 50,000 cases made."