Bodegas El Porvenir Amauta Rosé Malbec – Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Cafayate, Argentina

Bodegas El Porvenir’s accessible Amauta range presents their expression of Argentine rosé, a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.  When you think rosé, you think pink.  This wine pours a little darker than most and the colour approaches electric red.

That darkness carries into the smell, the wine expresses more darker notes than you are used to from most rosés thanks to the Cabernet Sauvignon I reckon.  It still has a nice strawberry fragrance there as well to make sure you don’t feel to far from home when you take sniff from your glass.

The gulp is expressive with accentuated acid, some citric fringe on the strawberry flavours that swim around in pool flavoured by some sweet/sour candies.

Musical Match: Laura Nyro’s music was always accessible. It oozes pop syrup at first notice, but with any attention at all, the depth of her artistry comes through. El Provenir’s Malbec – Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé is much the same.  The electro charged red, makes you think candy, but the wine is much more than that, and just like Ms. Nyro’s music, it reveals its genuine side with grace and dignity.  Music insiders sit and scratch their heads wondering why the late Laura Nyro is not considered amongst the the all time greats. Conventionnal wisdom suggests that originality was too real to be accepted by mainstream during the prime of her career in the 1970s.  I think that wine drinkers should be open to an innovative blend being turned into a rosé – so go ahead and give this wine a try.

Special thanks to the Wines of Argentina for providing me transportation, great lodging, amazing food and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of Mendoza and Cafayate during a promotional tour of Argentina for 10 days in July 2011. This wine was sampled during that promotional tour.

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