Price:  £56.95 | Case Rate: £9.49
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Amalaya - Torrentes Riesling 2018

Information

  • Country: Argentina
  • Wine Region: Salta
  • Wine Area: Calchaqui Valley
  • Grape: Torrontes
  • Grape Percentage: 90% Torrentes, 10% Riesling
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Food Matching

Food Matching

This fun and lively white wine is a must to share with friends on its own but is an excellent accompaniment to light bites, such as tapas and antipasti. Also works well with fish and white meat dishes.

Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 88 (2014) VS: 89 (2013) WS: 84 (2013) WE: 87 (2012) D: 5 (2011)

Wine tasting notes

A pale golden wine with greenish edges. Intense and complex on the nose with aromas of citrus, grapefruit, ripe stone fruit and a touch of minerality. On the palate this wine is medium bodied with a refreshing acidity, distinct mineral note and ripe fruit flavour.

Winery Information

Amalaya

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Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)88 pts

Aug 2015 - Luis Gutierrez - The 2014 Amalaya Blanco is mostly Torront?s with some 15% of Riesling that is harvested very early, fermented separately and then blended. The wine does not go through malo. Winemaker Thibaud Delmotte wanted Sauvignon Blanc but he didn't find enough of it, so found a grower who had some Riesling in Cafayate. So they went for it and as the blend worked very well they have now planted three hectares of Riesling of their own. They are growing the range produced with the German grape, including a sparkler and a sweet wine they sell mostly in the local market in Argentina. The Riesling here gives some spiciness and compensates for the exuberance of the Torront?s. The wine is quite accessible and has subtle aromas of green apple, white flowers, lime and minerals. The palate is fresh, a little austere, with very good acidity that cleanses your palate. A very fresh white blend.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)89 pts

Mar/Apr '14 by Stephen Tanzer - Pale, green-tinged yellow. Pungent perfume of lime zest, ginger, mint and flowers. Juicy, penetrating and light on its feet, with lively grapefruity acidity and a citrus pith bitterness showing the wine's riesling side today. No shortage of density here. Finishes brisk and aromatic, with a dusty saline quality and terrific cut. I'd love to serve this wine with spicy Asian shellfish preparations. An amazing value.

Wine Spectator (2013)84 pts

Web Only 2014 - This has an assertive herbal note to the tart green apple and lemon-lime flavors. Canned fruit accents show on the finish. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)87 pts

Light, tropical aromas are mellow and reflect the 15% Riesling that helps out the wine’s core of Torrontés. A tangy mouthfeel is citrusy and fresh, while flavors of lime, lychee and tangerine finish lively, clean and not bitter. — M.S. (4/1/2014)

Decanter (2011)5 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 - Trophy Argentine Torrentes

International Wine Challenge (2013)

IWC 2014 - Argentine White Trophy

Vinification Notes

An interesting blend 90 percent Torrontes and 10 percent Riesling grown at 1700 meters above sea level in Calchaqui Valley (Cafayette Valley). The grapes were hand harvested in march (Riesling at the end of february to keep it fresh) with a quite big yield of 12 tons/ha. Just a couple of hours maceration. Cool fermentation at 14°C an no malolactic fermentation and no oak.