Salta, Argentina

Bodegas Colomé and Amalaya are located in Argentina’s Northern province of Salta. With the majestic backdrop of the Andes, Colomé is one Argentina’s oldest working wineries (1831) and boasts the world’s highest vineyards with altitudes of nearly 3048 metres (10,000 feet). Malbec and Torrontes flourish in the sustainably-farmed vineyards.

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Estate Torrontes

SKU 915363
Country Argentina
Region Salta
Type White
Varietal Torrontes
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 6x750ml
Available In BC AB MB

Colour

Gold with straw edges.

Aroma

Floral notes prevail such as jasmine mixed with white peach notes.

Flavour

Fresh and elegant with touches of apricot, peach and citrus. Fresh acidity without any sharp edges and a beautiful mineral finish.

Food Pairing

A wonderful match for delicate fish and shellfish, Nicoise salad, polenta and Asian fusion cuisine.

More Info

Torrontes is the signature white wine from Argentina. It dates from the first vineyards planted in the early 1800's. Its origin has been the subject of much speculation for the last 100 years. One prevailing theory suggested it was a raisin variety brought by the Spanish Conquistadors, but in 2004 an Argentine graduate student determined through DNA analysis that it is a cross between the Mission wine grapes of Galicia, Spain and Muscat of Alexandria. Today, the variety enjoys high popularity with viticulturists, wineries and consumers in Argentina and is beginning to be exported internationally, with good reason.

93 pts

James Suckling, Apr/2020

2019 -

"Plenty of lemon-rind, white-peach and green-apple aromas follow through to a full-bodied, firm and fresh palate and a long, lingering finish. Shows tightness and crispness down the line. Drink now."

92 pts

Tim Atkin MW Best of Argentina Report 2020

2019 -

91 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/2019

2018 -

"The citrusy 2018 Estate Torrontes has to be one of the finest representations of the variety in the high-altitude vineyards of Salta. There are some grapey notes reminiscent of Moscatel pulp, and the palate is vibrant, with clean flavors and balancing acidity. 120,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2018."

91 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sept/2019

2018 -

"Bright yellow. Lovely nose melds lemon, menthol, dried herbs, lichee and ginger. Then almost surprisingly round, sweet and large-scaled in the mouth; quite full for Torrontes but also vibrant thanks to its healthy acidity (reportedly 6.7 grams per liter). A turpenic resiny quality is nicely countered by bright citricity and a floral note. This seriously palate-saturating Torrontes finishes long and outsized, with a slightly phenolic character. A rather extreme style from high-altitude vines (up to 7,500 feet) but it works. (made entirely in stainless steel)"

93 pts

Decanter Magazine, Jun/2018

2017 -

"A benchmark Torrontes with an intense, perfumed nose followed by a balanced palate that's full of concentrated ripe fruit and freshness. Zesty notes of grapefruit are apparent, combining with subtle floral hints and crisp citric acidity to create a very fine example, which emphasises how special Calchaqui is for this variety."

91 pts

Tim Atkin Master of Wine 2018 Report: Best of Argentina

2017 -

91 pts

James Suckling, Apr/2018

2017 -

"Full of citrus and peach this is a delicious wine that has stacks of fruit. Very fresh acidity and no sharp edges. Mineral finish. Drink now. Screw cap."

 

Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

2017 -

"Aromatic floral, herbaceous and limey citrus notes leading to a steely, saline palate. Attractive finish."

92 pts

Tim Atkin MW, Argentina Special Report 2017

2016 -

90+ pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/2016

2016 -

"The 2016 Torrontes is sourced from 50-year-old parral vineyards that yielded 10,000 kilos per hectare from vines planted at 1,700 and 2,300 meters altitude. Some 10% of the grapes were harvested early to provide freshness. It fermented slowly with neutral bayanus yeasts for some 35 days and lots of fine lees and was bottled without malolactic in the month of June. This is perfumed and lightly floral with the Torrontes notes making an appearance in the palate, which fills the mid palate and leaves that sensation of Moscatel pulp. This has the intensity of older vines and slightly longer fermentation and combines power with great freshness. The acidity seems to compensate the faint bitterness inherent to the grape. In general, they are harvesting the white grapes earlier than before, a general tendency they also started to apply to the reds in search of more freshness. This is the best young Torrontes I've had from Colome. Kudos to winemaker Thibaud Delmotte and his team! 144,000 bottles produced."

90 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

2016 -

"Expressive aromas of jasmine, green apple, citrus and grapefruit with hints of lychee and rose on the palate. Super tasty and refreshing with good underlying acidity."

89 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Dec/2017

2016 -

"Citrus blossom and leesy vanilla notes open this balanced aromatic white from Argentina's north. Leesy tropcial-fruit flavors focus on lychee and lime. The wine is moderately long on a simple but solid finish."

 

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017

2016 -

Silver Medal

95 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

2015 -

Platinum and Best Torrontes under £15 "Magnificent fruity and floral bouquet, redolent of peach, elderfolwer, lilies and citrus. On the mouth, it has a lovely creamy texture supported by a sharp, refreshing acidity and gorgeous ripe tropical fruits. Exquisite, a tremendous example of how Torrontes can really hit the heights."

92 pts

James Suckling, Jun/2015

2015 -

"A white with verve and minerality that refreshes and stimulates the palate. Full to medium body, slice lemon peel, salt and limestone character on the palate. A pleasure to drink. Drink now."

91 pts

Natalie Maclean, Jul/2016

2015 -

"Hess Family Colome Torrontes 2015, Calchaqui Valley, Salta, Mendoza, Argentina: Floral, spicy and exotic Argentine white wine, with medium body, and a great price. Made from the aromatic Torrontes grape, this wine finishes with peach blossom and nectarine. A perfect wine to pair with Asian or Thai cuisine. Lemon Pledge on the finish. Torrontes, Argentina's best-known white grape, reaches its most poignant expression in high altitude vineyards planted at 1700 to 3100 metres above sea level which creates a unique micro-climate. Bring on the Thai cuisine please! Torrontes food pairings: spicy dishes and curries, salads, seafood, shellfish, vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2016-2019 357913 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016."