If Malbec is king of Argentina’s reds, Torrontés is most certainly queen of the country’s whites. And if you’ve never tried one, start here.
Specialist Steve McEwen’s Torrontés vines are planted in Salta, home to some of the world’s highest vineyards. Way up here, grapes bask in the intense daytime sun and are blanketed with cold temperatures at night – a combination that helps the fruit develop pure, crisp flavors and mouthwatering aromas.
This extreme environment is so stunning, the locals call it Salta La Linda (Salta the beautiful, in English). And Steve’s Torrontés lives up to the gorgeous surroundings. Judges at the Decanter World Wine Awards honored a previous vintage with a coveted gold medal. Here’s what they had to say:
“Pale yellow with a green hue, this is lovely and aromatic with white flower, lemongrass and elderflower characters. Restrained but classy palate that is clean, crisp, refreshing and long with peach and spice notes. This is modern Torrontés in a leaner, elegant style.”
You can expect more of the same with the super-fresh 2016. Pour with spicy Asian fare (we love Thai drunken noodles with shrimp) or ceviche, then rate it here.