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Torrontes is a white wine grape variety from Argentina that includes three varieties. The most widely planted is Torrontés Riojano, which has been noted for creating superb wines. This variation is used mainly for Argentine wines with the name Torrontes. The Torrontés Sanjuanino variation generates large bundles of pale grapes, while the Torrontes Mendocino produces small bunches of grapes that are darker in color. A red wine grape variety called Torrontes is also available, but it goes under the name of Tarrantes and Turrundos. The grape variety produces nice and crisp wines that are acidic, aromatic and include a nice velvety texture. Torrontes wine includes fresh peach and apricot fruit flavors, and is ideal for early drinking. These wines tend to have quiet spice aromas and floral scents. The quality and taste of the wine depends on the winemaking process and the outcome is mainly due to the skill of the maker. The taste of Torrontes wines is said to be similar to Muscat, however, some wine experts assert that the taste also closely resembles Gewurztraminer. The wine should be consumed a year after it is created because the wine typically does not age well.

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Chakana Estate Torrontes 2018

The wine shows the typical aromas of Torrontes (white flowers, lychee, peach) balanced be a refreshing acidity. Mineral texture due do the rocky soil of the vineyard. Elegant, dry and clean finish.

Torrontes grapes are sourced from Gualtallari, an outstanding terroir in the Uco Valley, located at more than 4000ft of altitude. The aim of this wine is combining the aromatic richness of the Torrontes with the mineral, chalky structure typical of this area of Mendoza.
It is grown on Sandy loam over calcium carbonate coated gravels. 
Fermentation with Indigenous yeast. 
Wine went through Malolactic fermentation. 
aged for 6 months in French Oak barrels.

Pairs with  crab cakes and seafood pasta.


Chakana Estate Torrontes 2019

The "yaguarete" (jaguar) on the label was known by the ancient Andean people as the "lord of the starred night"; the wildest known animal.

Chakana is the name of the Southern Cross constellation. Its rotation in the sky throughout the year made it an effective agricultural calendar for the ancient Andean people.

Estate Torrontes is from Chakana's Gualtallary vineyard (5,300 ft elevation).

The wine shows the typical aromas of Torrontes (white flowers, lychee, peach) balanced by a refreshing acidity. Mineral texture due do the rocky soil of the vineyard. Elegant, dry and clean finish.

Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels. Aged 4 months. Pairs with  crab cakes and seafood pasta.


Review:

Right up there with my favourite orange wines in Argentina, this is a Torrontés that spent eight months on its skins but is so well made that it didn’t extract excessive bitterness from a grape that has tannin to spare. Egg-fermented and aged in old wood, it’s a salty, assertive, grippy white with quince and orange zest flavours and a refreshing, low-alcohol finish. 2020-24 94 pts

- Tim Atkin MW (March 2020), 94 pts

 94 Points
Maipe Torrontes 2018

Maipe Torrontes is made from 100% Torrontes from the Salta region. Manual harvest.
7 day maceration with selected yeasts at 8°-10°C; fermentation with selected yeasts at 12°-14°.
Spring-like nose of fresh white peaches, pears, green apple, green melon and hints of jasmine and rose petals.
On the palate, it has a beautiful structure and acidity along with fruit flavors and plenty of body.  Well balanced, this wine displays a pleasant freshness with citrus notes and a long finish.


Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats,  mild to medium-strong cheeses, seafood and a great partner for spicy food as well.

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