Amalaya Blanco 2022

Amalaya Blanco 2022

 

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Amalaya
Blanco 2022
  • Vintage : 2022
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Salta
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Medium Bodied Aromatic Dry
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13°
  • Grappes : 85% Torrontes, 15% Riesling

Intense gold in colour with tints of green. On the nose this wine is intense and complex with aromas of citrus and grapefruit typical of Torrontes. Delicate and silky on the palate with great freshness and crisp acidity on the distinctly mineral finish.

Experts Score Vintage
DCT Decanter 93 2021
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 91 2020
JS James Suckling 91 2020
RP Robert Parker 89 2016
WS Wine Spectator 88 2015
More information on wine critics and ratings
The winery is situated in the Calchaquí Valley of Salta in the far north of Argentina at nearly 1,828 metres above sea level. It is a part of the Hess Family Estates and is run with the same dedication to quality, sustainability and social responsibility as the other Hess Estates around the world. Amalaya has 220 hectares of land with approximately 35 hectares of Malbec, Torrontés, Cabernet Franc and Syrah in production, and another 90 hectares in development, which have been… Read more

Decanter (DCT) : 93 Points (2021)
Perfumed with citrus and lifted floral jasmine, then to a palate underpinned with a creamy acidity. Blend: 85% Torrontés, 15% Riesling.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 91 Points (2020)
The 2020 Blanco Amalaya is a Torrontés blended with 15% Riesling from Cafayate in the Calchaquí Valley and is made in a modern style. It has attractive aromas of basil, orange blossom, orange peel and jasmine. In the mouth it is fatty with vibrant freshness packaged in an impactful but subtle ball of flavor that makes this a very competitively-priced wine.

James Suckling (JS) : 91 Points (2020)
Orange-blossom, lime-zest, peach and melon aromas. It’s medium-bodied with bright acidity and a fresh, pithy finish. Refreshing. Drink now.

Robert Parker (RP) : 89 Points (2016)
Salta is very dry, but 2016 was exceptionally dry and they didn't see more than 75 liters of rain, which was compensated by late ripening, but they are harvesting earlier to get fresher wines and lower alcohol levels. The 2016 Amalaya Blanco is an unusual blend of Torrontés with some 15% Riesling from a young vineyard, and the grapes were harvested quite early. It fermented with neutral yeasts at a low temperature to keep the aromas and it didn't go through malolactic fermentation, bottled after one month in tank. This is a young and fruit-driven white, sharp and aromatic, with only 13% alcohol—which for Salta is quite low. The Riesling was harvested at only 11%, which lent some herbal aromas and great acidity. In 2016, they got their first Riesling grapes from a new parral vineyard in Cafayate, but they still purchased some grapes. The notes of the Torrontés are not overpowering, there are hints of jasmine and talcum powder, with some green lemon and fennel aromas. It's clean, pungent and sharp, really refreshing. Putting it in my mouth made me salivate and think about the empanadas from Salta... A superb aperitif wine and superb value, too! 192,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2016, when in the northern hemisphere, the 2016 harvest had not yet started. 2016 looks like a very good year for the Salta whites...

Wine Spectator (WS) : 88 Points (2015)
A crunchy white, with white pepper and herbal notes to the citrus and green apple flavors. Creamy nuances lend focus on the finish. Drink now. 12,000 cases made.

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RP
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WE
91
TA
91
For centuries, farmers made offerings in hope for a miracle – as Amalaya translates in the local language – for a bountiful harvest. It is located at 1,800 meters above sea level, in the Calchaqui Valley, northwest of Argentina. The region stands out as one of the highest vineyards in the world, characterized by its dry climate with no more than 150 mm annual rainfall, with significant thermal amplitude; rocky and sandy soil.
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RP
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WS
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VN
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Amalaya Blanco 2022 Reviewed by Decanter 12-05-2023 . Score: 4.5