Aged 9 months in the French and American barriques, Amaranta is ruby red with garnet reflections; opulent fruit, the bouquet is intense, fruity, persistent, with notes of dried flowers, spice, licorice, marasca cherries. The palate is stylish, velvety, almost creamy, compact with tannic structure that blends nicely with the alcoholic component. Complex, elegant, well balanced with a long aftertaste.
Bert Werden WineStar: Amaranta has become a phenomenon in Australia - and one must say predominantly at WineStar - owing largely to a charmed run it has had with influential Italian wine critic Luca Maroni. The nine releases since the 2008 vintage have all elicited scores of 90 and above, the last five (2014 to 2018) hitting the magical, Luca Maroni's maximum and some would say mythical, 99 Point mark.
The depth of its impenetrable purple-bluish are visually staggering...The extract is maximally concentrated, and its majestic, dense, tannic apex is balanced by the softness, the vivid gustatory acidity and the pulpy native grape, able to compose a flavour of perfect roundness and souplesse. The aroma and taste integrity is absolutely shining, as well as the gloriously juicy and archetypically considerable raw material. Certainly, among the best Montepulciano D’Abruzzo ever, a champion of analytical and sensory quality simply unattainable and dazzling. Rating: 99 Points; Luca Maroni
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