(V) This Torrontés, the indigenous grape variety from Argentina, has a brilliant lemon-green colour with golden tones. The intensely aromatic nose is full of fresh orange and grapefruit peel, accompanied by the floral notes that are very characteristic of this varietal. The elegant palate is framed by zingy acidity which accompanies the fruit and floral notes culminating in a long, fresh finish. Ideal as an aperitif on the terrace in the summer.
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Being the only wine variety considered 100% Argentine, Torrontés is cultivated in all the wine regions of the country, from Salta to Rio Negro. Its origin has been an issue of broad-ranging discussion amongst many wine experts, but its relationship to the Europe Mediterranean Muscat is undeniable. A proof of this bond is its fragrant and unmistakable aroma, resembling roses, jasmine and geranium, with occasional spicy essences. The first cultivation of Torrontés dates back from the times of the Spanish Conquerors, and ever since it became one of the most cultivated grape variety in the country. Recently, it has been elaborated as sparkling and fortified wine, with excellent results in both cases.