AMANCAYA RESERVE RED BLEND

Bodegas Caro

APPELLATION

Mendoza

GRAPE VARIETIES

64% Malbec, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon

WINEMAKERS

Philippe Rolet

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.68 g/L
Alcohol
14.5%

2019

93POINTS

Tim Atkin
MAY 2021
2018

94POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
JANUARY 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.

Winter passed with regular temperatures, but bud break occurred a few days earlier than usual (October 5th in the case of Malbec). Furthermore, flowering, fruit set and veraison occurred during the expected dates.

Fortunately, good weather predominated throughout the season with little rainfall, specifically during March (approx 1/2”) in relation to the average for that month (1”+). These typical weather conditions (sunny and dry days and an important thermal oscillation between night and day), allowed both grapes and tannins to ripen slowly, which helped preserve a remarkable freshness.

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. Very fruity on the nose, with blackcurrant, strawberry, floral and minty notes coming through, followed by aromas of cassis, graphite and coffee bean. On the palate, the wine is balanced and pleasant, with texture and refined tannins. A fruity middle palate leads to an elegant and long aftertaste.

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