Amancaya

Mendoza

Amancaya, like its older brother, presents a harmonious balance between the Argentine and Bordeaux styles. The wine is more fruity due to the higher percentage of Malbec and shorter ageing. The word AMANCAYA is the native Indian name of a flower found at high altitudes in the Andes in the Mendoza area.

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Amancaya Mendoza

Vintages

  • Vintage 2011

    • 70% Malbec
    • 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

    The mild, dry spring was particularly favourable for the bud break; there was, however, some damage in the vineyard from a late frost at the beginning of November. December and January were hot, with normal temperatures for the season and not much rain. February began with very dry weather but then some rain in early March provided relief from the high temperatures and parched conditions. From then onwards, until the harvest in April, temperatures were fairly cool with very occasional rain. This favoured the ripening of the grapes which developed great aromatic intensity and a fine balance between acidity, tannic maturity and sugar content.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep crimson colour.
    The nose presents aromas of red and black fruit, with redcurrants and plums, and a little mint and cedar. The bouquet fills out with notes of vanilla, spices and mocha from the French oak.
    On the palate, the tannic texture is pleasant and well balanced. The tannins are refined and gentle. There is a pleasant sensation of softness in the mouth.
    This is a deep, flavourful wine which can be drunk now but which will reveal more of its character in three to five years.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 65% Malbec
    • 35% Cabernet Sauvignon

    2010 was on the cool side. The vineyards were not disturbed by any major meteorological incidents. The season began with a cool frost-free spring that allowed good flowering. The summer was hot and stable, with the result that the grapes changed colour and began to ripen around the usual dates.
    From the start of ripening to the harvest, temperatures were cool and stable and the climate was generally dry. These conditions were ideal for the ripening of the Cabernet Sauvignon and preserved the characteristics of the Malbec (aromas of dried fruit, floral notes and an intense purple colour).

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Intense, deep crimson colour.
    On the nose, aromas of red and dark fruit, with redcurrants and plums, also some mint and cedar. The bouquet fills out with notes of vanilla, spices and mocha. 
    This wine has a pleasant tannin structure on the palate and shows good balance.
    Fine, mellow tannins. Very pleasant soft mouthfeel.
    Deep and aromatic, this is a wine that can be drunk now but which will develop more elegance over the next few years.

     

  • Vintage 2009

    • 70 % Malbec
    • 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

    The weather in 2009 was excellent without any problems in the vineyard weather. The spring was long and cool.
    After veraison to the end of April, the weather was stable, with warm temperature.

    This provided optimal conditions for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec to ripen.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep purple-red colour. Fruity nose with aromas of red fruit. Nice notes of vanilla, spices and coffee from the ageing in French oak.
    On the palate it has a pleasant, well-balanced tannin structure. The tannins are soft and refined, with a pleasant sweetness.
    Deep and aromatic with pronounced fruit, this is a wine that can be drunk now or in the next few years: it can only improve.

  • Vintage 2008

    • 50% Malbec
    • 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

    2008 began with cold and rain from February to the end of March. Fortunately, good management of the Malbec vines resulted in a harvest that was  healthy and perfectly ripe. The Cabernet Sauvignon in cooler areas experienced some difficulties due to early frost. Consequently, part of the Cabernet Sauvignon was declassified.

     

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep purple-red colour. Very fruity nose, with appealing aromas of red and black cherries, blackcurrants and plums with a hint of vanilla and cedar. On the palate the tannins are soft, plump and well-balanced.
    Notes of vanilla and chocolate from the French oak.

  • Vintage 2007

    • 50% Malbec
    • 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

    The weather in 2007 was excellent during spring and summer. The windy spring was beneficial to the quality of the grapes. We had some rain before the harvest but efficient management of the vineyard enabled well-ripened grapes to be picked in healthy conditions.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep purple-red colour. Very fruity nose, with pleasant aromas of red and black cherries, plums, and a hint of mint and cedar. On the palate the tannins are plump and soft. Notes of vanilla and chocolate.
    Good to drink now or to be laid down.

  • Vintage 2006

    • 50% Malbec
    • 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

    The weather in 2006 was excellent during the spring and summer. The windy spring was beneficial to the quality of the grapes. The hail in December slightly decreased the yields of the Malbec.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep purple-red colour. Very fruity wine, with appealing aromas of red and black cherries, plums, and a hint of mint and cedar.
    On the palate it has soft, plump, generous tannins. Notes of vanilla and tobacco from the French oak.

  • Vintage 2005

    • 55% Malbec
    • 45% Cabernet Sauvignon

    The weather was quite unusual during spring. Frost damaged a substantial number of the best vines. The high plateau of Mendoza was affected by the storms in August. This was followed by a cool, dry late season.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Beautiful deep red-crimson colour. Intense fruity nose with notes of ripe cherries and wild raspberries. Notes of blackcurrants develop with vanilla and mocha in the background. On the palate, harmonious concentration with excellent freshness. Well-balanced, agreeable, high-quality tannins.

  • Vintage 2004

    • 55 % Malbec
    • 45% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Conditions in spring and beginning of summer were excellent. The weather in late summer was very hot and dry, with a strong ‘Sonda’ wind blowing from the Andes, which stopped the ripening process on certain plots of Cabernet Sauvignon at medium altitudes. The Malbec and the Cabernet Sauvignon at high altitudes were unaffected.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Intense purple-red colour. Very fruity nose, with aromas of red fruit, cherries and wild strawberries. On the palate, smoky vanilla notes from the oak, harmonious concentration, with good freshness and well-balanced very soft tannins; good length.

  • Vintage 2003

    • 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 50% Malbec

    Flowering was affected by a cold spring which gave low yields. Between flowering and the harvest there was dry weather with some storms at the end of the summer. The 2003 harvest produced wonderful Malbec and classic Cabernet Sauvignon even if the concentration was not very high.  

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Beautiful, bright colour; very fruity nose primarily of red fruit with vanilla and spicy notes. Nice concentration, full-bodied palate with woody notes that are well-integrated with the fruit. Very gentle tannins and good length.