Wishlist: Torrontes

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This edition we’ve pulled together a Wishlist after tasting some of Argentina’s finest Torrontes wines. Known as ‘the liar’, Torrontes is the only native grape to the country and is a tricky one to pin down with fruity and floral aromas but usually very dry in the mouth. Although traditionally grown in the northern provinces of Salta or La Rioja, in recent years the grape has been crafted all around the country.

recuerdoShrunkThe Vines Recuerdo, $60

Produced by private wine estate The Vines, they are only just on their third harvest of Torrontes but they have already scored well with Parker. The grapes come from La Rioja in the Famatina Valley and the light wine is perfumed with floral notes, peach, lemon peel and light spice. www.recuerdowines.com

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Serrera, Torrontes Reserva, $45

This family winery make a Torrontes from Maipu which is surprisingly fresh and light in the mouth, bursting with citrus notes as well as floral aromas and a lasting finish. Delightfully shows that Torrontes can be well made in the warmer province of Mendoza too. www.serrera.com.ar

criosShrunkCrios, Torrontes, $53

Made by ‘the queen of Torrontes’, Susana Balbo, this elegant torrontes is bursting with citrus characteristics and has a great acidity for food pairing. Balbo was one of the first to pioneer making high quality Torrontes and Crios is still a great example of it. www.dominiodelplata.com.ar

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Manos Negros, Torrontes $60

Coming from San Juan, this unique Torrontes has much saltier characteristics that give it a much better food pairing ability but still delivers on floral and citrus fruit notes. Made by the small international winemaking team of terroir specialists at Manos Negros who never fail to give you something unique and memorable. www.manosnegras.com.ar

cepasShrunkCepas Elegidas, Torrontes $35

With only 550 cases made, this small production Torrontes from La Rioja has a delicate aroma of peach and jasmine with a nice texture in the mouth. Perfect for swilling away on a late Summer’s afternoon in an aromatic garden. www.cepaselegidas.com.ar

By Amanda Barnes

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