ALKO : Amalaya 2011 by Hess (Argentina, Salta)


Producer: Hess

Wine: Amalaya

Vintage: 2011

Grapes: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat

Origin: Argentina, Salta

Price range: 10-12€ (Finland, Alko)

Available at Alko: Yes (01/14), 485797

Amalaya is a kind of trendy wine. It has hit the market in Europe this year, at the same time in different countries, and I must say that is it pretty successful.

The nose displays a fruity profile but nothing too extreme. There is a hint of oak, but very well managed. Fruit is black berries and little black cherries. And in the finish you find a bit of spices (paprika-like). The mouth is fresh and balanced with enough tannins to pass on food. Oak is coming in the finish with a pretty strong vanilla-coco component. Then it develops on black cherry again. It is not overwhelmingly complex but the wine is extremely enjoyable.

This is the archetypical well made wine. It fits perfectly its purpose: it is simple yet enjoyable and clean. Balance, the most important, is indisputable. It is a very successful wine and it has a wonderful value for money. Obviously the best wine in terms of value that you can get from Alko it the category 5-15€

Wineops’ rating: 72/100 ; 0 0

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