Bodegas El Porvenir - Amauta Cabernet Merlot
A delicious wine from Salta in northern Argentina. All the wines from El Porvenir de los Andes are very good indeed. The Amauta range of wines has been a particular favourite of mine for some years. They have a purity and intensity of fruit due to the unique messoclimate of the vineyards at the very high altitude, and minerals fed to the vines via the snow water melt. If you want to try good Argentine red wine but don't fancy a Malbec, this blend is highly recommended. It's full flavoured, super smooth, well balanced and emininently drinkable!
60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Finca Rio Seco: vineyards located at 1.700 mts (5,577 ft) above sea level in Cafayate Valley, Salta.
Vertical vine training. Yield: 7 tons/hectare for the Cabernet Sauvignon and 6 tons/hectare for the Merlot. Age of vineyard: 15 years old.
Harvest - Cabernet Sauvignon: 1st and 2nd week of March. Merlot: 3rd and last week of February. By hand in 20 kg bins.
Fermentation - Cold pre-fermentative maceration for 4 days at 5oC. Alcoholic fermentation for 14 days. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation.
Aging - Large oak casks (cuves) and French and American oak barrels for 6 to 8 months.
Eyes: intense and vivacious ruby-red with violet tones.
Nose: spicy notes, as well as notes of red and black fruits, and of
ripe red pepper, each lent by a different varietal that makes up the blend, and all mixed with notes of oak.
Mouth: a nice, sweet entry due to the good polyphenolic ripenes, excellent balanced acidity and a long, harmonious finish.
Storage: because of its excellent structure this is a wine that can be aged for at least 8 years.
|Winery||El Porvenir de los Andes|
|Winery status||Family owned winery|
|Winemaker||Luis Ismet, Maria Pelayo|
|Annual production||15,000 bottles|
|Grapes||Cabernet & Merlot|
|Style||Smooth, fruit driven|
|Sulphite level||Medium Low|