Torrontes is Argentina's number one white wine and this Etchart Privado wine is a perfect example of how great this grape variety can be. The wine has a lovely light body that is complemented by crisp citrus fruit flavours that pleasantly lie on the palate.
As the Decanter judges put it "Fresh, delicate, spicy nose...Typical fruity characters of pears, elderflower and guavas...Great aperitif
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Salta region of Argentina
Argentina’s most northerly winemaking outpost, Salta, boasts some of the highest vineyards in the world. The vineyards of the Calchaquí Valley, Salta’s most dominant sub-region, are also some of the most remote vineyards and can only be reached after several hours in the car from the nearest airport.
Salta is also a beautiful region, full of cactus plants and red rock. With its vineyards averaging in height at about 1,700m above sea level, the temperature can swing hugely from daytime heat to night time coolness, something which can extract the best flavour out of aromatic grape varieties.
The highest vineyard in the region was last recorded as being 3,111 metres above sea level, but there are constant challenges to such claims. Nevertheless, what is not in doubt is that Salta can produce some exquisite Torrontès, an aromatic grape variety which Argentina has taken under its wing with success.
Originally grown in Spain, notably around Cordoba, the Argentinians have made this varietal their own and today it is better recognised as the white wine of Argentina, where it produces wines of distinction in Mendoza, Salta, San Juan and Rio Negro. Carefully vinified Torrontés can produce wines that are light in body, high in acidity and intriguingly aromatic. At its most ideal Torrentés is a wine for early drinking.
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Salads & Vegetables
This wine is best suited to asparagus and avocado. Throw in some goat's cheese, olives and spinach and you'll have your dream salad.
Fish & Seafood
Shellfish and delicate white fish such as sole, skate and plaice are the perfect match for this wine. It would also work well with clam chowder and smoked fish.
Pasta & Other Sauces
Tartare sauce is a great accompaniment to this wine as well as Beurre Blanc or a light cream and fish based sauce.
Steamed, baked and casseroled chicken are a must for this wine but it works equally well with pork or veal.
Herbs & Spices
Pair with chives, coriander, dill and ginger. It also works well with lemongrass and lime.
A great wine to have with Thai dishes as it works with the lime and lemongrass qualities present in this aromatic cuisine.
Team this wine with high acid cheeses such as Chavignol and pecorino.