AMANCAYA RESERVE RED BLEND

Bodegas Caro

APPELLATION

Mendoza

GRAPE VARIETIES

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Malbec

WINEMAKERS

Philippe Rolet

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.65 g/L
Alcohol
14.5%

2019

93POINTS

Tim Atkin
MAY 2021
2019

92POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
APRIL 2021
BACKGROUND

The success of the first vintages of CARO encouraged Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite and the Catena family to create another premium wine, this time a Malbec dominated cuvée, that would nevertheless be a balance between the Bordeaux and Argentine styles. To celebrate its Andean origin, the wine was named Amancaya, after the mountain flower which grows in the Andes.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

Amancaya is the Quechua name of an endemic flower of the Andes found in the Mendoza area. Grapes are sourced from selected plots of old vines in Lujan de Cuyo just outside Mendoza, and also from Altamira, further South. In Lujan, soils are quite varied depending on how close vineyards are to the mountains or Mendoza River, and tend to form alluvial layers of loam, rock, and gravel. In Altamira, vineyards are planted at 1000m above sea level, on the ancient alluvial bed of the Tunuyan River.
The 2020 vintage was historical in many ways and it has been the earliest vintage in the last 50 years. Following a dry and prolonged mild winter at the foothills of the Andes, the sunny days of spring allowed for an early bud burst and flowering. The good weather prevailed over the rest of the season, with low rainfall.
The abnormally warm vintage, especially in March, led to our earliest vintage ever. All the grapes reached phenolic ripeness in a very short time span this year. The absence of rain during the harvest allowed the grapes to reach the winery in excellent conditions.
The harvest started on March 10th in Altamira and finished on March 26th with grapes from San Pablo.

WINEMAKING & AGEING

The harvest is conducted by hand and grapes are carefully sorted on tables and destemmed before being placed in stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Regular pumping-over ensures a gentle extraction of the tannins. After malolactic fermentation, 50% of the wine is transfered into French oak barrels for a period of 12 months, and 50% is placed in concrete vats.

TASTING NOTES

Deep red color with intense ruby hues. The nose is complex with red fruits and figs, followed by aromas of blackcurrant. On the palate, the wine is round with soft tannins, displaying generous aromas of blueberry and blackberry. Well balanced, with a good persistence on the finish.

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