I like it! The extremely high altitude Amalaya Blanco Torrontés-Riesling.
85% Torrontés and 15% Riesling from high altitude vines (5,900 feet above sea level) in the Finca San Isidro vineyard in Calchaqui Valley, Salta, Argentina. The wine is aged in stainless steel for 3-4 months.
Sample submitted for review. The Amalaya Torrontés-Riesling White has an SRP of $14 and is available for as low as $9. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. Imported by The Hess Collection Winery.
In Salta's high desert, Amalaya vineyards begin a mile above sea level far above the Colchaqui Valley floor. For centuries, farmers made offerings in hope for a miracle - as Amalaya translates in the local language - for a bountiful harvest. Extreme conditions stress our sustainably farmed vines, delivering crisp, intensely flavored fruit of uncommon depth. Riesling supports the exotic flavors of Torrontés in this aromatic, dry white blend. Golden in color, citrus notes and hints of flinty minerals are showcased in this refreshing wine.
The 2018 Amalaya Torrontés-Riesling begins with a pleasant aroma full of lemon, lime, plenty of pretty floral notes and even a hint of banana. Taking a sip shows this to be a fresh, tasty wine with some zip to it. Filled with lots of sweet and juicy tart fruit (lime, lemon and grapefruit mainly) and good acidity, it's not overly complex but it sure is refreshing. It ends with pretty good length, a bit of minerality and lots of lingering apricot and grapefruit flavors.
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