Torrontés grape is the responsible for some of the most seductive white wines in South America. Chile, and especially Argentina, are proud of this grape variety which due to its freshness and features, results in white wines noted for their fine character.
I cannot resist mentioning that this grape can also be found in some white wines in Spain. And although we can have it in wines from Yecla, Montsant, Catalunya and Alicante, when I personally like it most is when it comes from Galicia (as the Sanclodio or the Viña Mein, both Ribeiro wines).
It is no coincidence that the best results are reached when grapes are obtained from vineyards planted in colder and humid climates as this grape variety works best in this type of weather conditions. That?s the reason why many people consider it the most typical grape of Argentinian white wines. In fact, Salta and La Rioja in this same country are the main producing regions. The first of them is notable for its height (about 2000 meters), which however does not mean that it does not receive a major portion of hours of sun each year.
Nevertheless, the most curious aspect of these wines is that, despite its fruity character, if we talk about the aroma they come with a surprisingly dry taste, medium intensity, when it comes to taste them. Usually they do not have an excessive alcohol content, 12% alcohol content maximum around, which makes them perfect for almost any occasion.
It is said that Torrontes grape could come from the Muscat grape, not only because of its resemblance as fruit but for the variety and similarities of both their aromas, another reason for those who have never tried this type of white wines that can decide them to taste some as soon as possible.
If I had to choose between all the Argentine white wines made from this grape I’d take two, San Telmo Esencia Torrontés 2009 and La Consulta Torrontés 2010. The first because it is on the edge of aging that the experts on this grape recommend for its consumption (it is said that it is best to consume it in the year or maximum after two or three years at most), and the second because it belongs to a winery , Finca la Celia, which fully succeeds in all the wines they produce, or at least all the ones that I have tasted until today, including also the red ones.
Want to buy wine with Torrontés grape? Here you are our suggestions:
Viña Meín Blanco 2010, a unique combination of grapes to get a great wine
Leo Torrontés 2011, a join venture of Valentin Bianchi and Leo Messi