Argentina’s white speciality is Torrontes, here with a touch of Riesling. Perfumed (rather like a Muscat), full of fruit and yet dry and appetising. It’s an exquisite representation of the unique weather and soil conditions in Argentina’s Northern Calchaqui Valley.Amalaya translates to ‘Hope for a Miracle’ in the indigenous language of the now extinct tribe, the Calchaqui. The Calchaqui Valley of Salta in the far north of Argentina is the highest wine region in the world. The altitude ensures cool nights which are vital for keeping the wines fresh. The soils here are rocky, poor and sandy so the roots of the vines are forced to dig deep to find the vital nutrients and water they need which in turn results in a huge concentration of flavour within the grapes.Intense gold in colour with tints of green, this wine is delicate and silky on the palate with great freshness. As so often with aromatic whites, this makes a great aperitif or an ideal partner for gently spicy dishes (crab and chilli linguini, devilled whitebait, spiced prawns).