white-wine-varietals
EDUCATION

Torrontés

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The emergence of Torrontés is today’s signature Argentine white wine varietal. Torrontés is best expressed in Argentina’s higher, elevated sites, where the grapes slowly develop their intense phenolic characteristics and retain their signature crisp levels of acid. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks where its primary aromas and flavors are preserved. It is a varietal that offers intense aromatics that are reminiscent of Gewürztraminer or Muscat (believed to be one of its parents); on the other hand, the structural components are suggestive of Sauvignon Blanc.

  • Aroma/Flavor Components:

Torrontés offers intense aromatics of tree and tropical fruits (peach and lychee) and floral (rose, jasmine, and geraniums).

  • Structural Components:

Torrontés is vinified dry, and it produces a light-bodied, medium to highly acidic wine with moderate levels of alcohol.

  • Significant Locations:

The grape is cultivated in locations that assist in preserving the grapes’ natural high acidity, most notably the Argentine growing areas of Catamarca, La Rioja, Mendoza, Salta, San Juan, and Rio Negro.