This week we present to you a delicious aromatic Torrontés. It’s a grape variety unique to Argentina. Our Buyer Holly truffled deep to find a great value example to introduce this aromatic and refreshing variety.
The grape is likely a crossing of Uva Negra with Muscat of Alexandria. It was often planted among other varieties, so it was a while before it winemakers identified it.
Torrontés is interesting and unusual because the aromas suggest a sweet wine. Despite this, it is almost always made as a dry wine. It can display characteristics reminiscent of Gewürztraminer. As such, it’s a good pairing with spicy and aromatic Asian cuisine.
Villa Nueva Torrontes 2014, Argentina – Get it here
Taste: Bursting with lively lychee, peach, elderflower, light and fresh with enough body to make this a great little food wine.
Enjoy It With: Gently spiced Thai or Asian food. Also quite an unusual, but tasty, aperetif!
Know Thy Wine: Torrontés is sometimes described as ‘diet Gewurztraminer’ due to a similar aroma profile. It’s usually less full bodied and fresher in style though, and shares more in common with Muscat.