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Gran Corte

Amalaya - Gran Corte 2018

Argentina
Red Wine from Salta · Argentina
Price: £16.50
Case Rate: £15.66
Ex Tax: £13.75
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Wine Region: Salta
Wine Area: Calchaqui Valley
Winery: Amalaya
Wine Maker: Francisco Puga
Grape: Malbec Blend
Grape Percentage: 85% Malbec 10% Cabernet Franc 5% Tannat
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now -2020
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Rating 90+ pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Country:
Wine Region: Salta
Wine Area: Calchaqui Valley
Winery: Amalaya
Wine Maker: Francisco Puga
Grape: Malbec Blend
Grape Percentage: 85% Malbec 10% Cabernet Franc 5% Tannat
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now -2020
Vegan:
Yes
Vegan

Wine tasting notes

Deep purple in colour. Aromas of red and black fruit with spicy notes, typical to the region. A concentrated, complex and elegant wine full of fruit with round tannins. The aftertaste is long and delicate.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014) - 90+ pts

Dec 2016 - Luis Gutierrez - The 2014 Amalaya Gran Corte is a blend of Malbec with some 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Tannat that wants to showcase the potential of their vineyards in Cafayate. Rains were the average 125 liters (extremely low compared to other places and the vines need to be irrigated or they'd die), and the year was very balanced, for them one of the best in recent times. The grapes were picked at full ripeness, fermented with indigenous yeasts and the wine matured in one-third new oak barrels (two-thirds French, the rest American) for one year. Until 2012, there was a lot of purchased grapes and in 2014, it's 100% of their own grapes, and you really notice a big step up in quality. This is harvested up to 20 days after the Amalaya Malbec and you get darker fruit; also, the influence of the oak is more noticeable, with abundant sweet spices (cinnamon, vanilla) and a core of decayed violets. The palate is round, tasty and very spicy, with some smokiness, displaying a more commercial profile.


Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2010) - 90 pts

Bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of wild blackberry, black cherry and game. Seamless, fine-grained and lightly saline, with almost syrah-like notes of blueberry, game and pepper. Lovely balance and energy here. Builds nicely on the back end, finishing with supple, even tannins and very good saline persistence. Excellent value.-- Stephen Tanzer


James Suckling (2014) - 88 pts

This has dark fruits with black olives and some meat undertones. The palate is medium to full-bodied, lacking some substance, but pleasurable. Drink now.


Tim Atkin (2014) - 91 pts

Picked 20 days later than the Tinto de Corte, but made with the same blend of grapes, this sees more oak and often includes some declassified lots from Colomé. The American barrels are a little marked for me, but this has appealing plum and black cherry flavours and tangy acidity. 2017-21