Today at The Vines’ vineyard finca we are harvesting Torrontés! Torrentés, which is the Spanish word for “torrent”, a perfect descriptor for its potent aromas, is a white grape and considered to be the only grape indigenous to Argentina. Although the wine has not been very well known traditionally, in the past month alone it has been recognized in the Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, Metro New York and many other publications.
In my opinion, it has one of the best tasting berries. The grapes tastes almost exactly like the wine, which is a characteristic unique to the varietal – and particularly interesting as the wine does not often smell like it tasted. There was definitely a high level of self-control in play to avoid eating all of the grapes I sorted this morning.
Torrontés is characterized as a light and fruity white wine, crisp with moderate acidity. It is the last white wine here at The Vines of Mendoza to be harvested this season. These particular Torrontés vines are relatively young – planted in just 2008. This will be their second vintage.
There are about five acres of this varietal planted in our vineyard, with each acre producing about 2,000 kilograms of grapes. This means that we’re producing approximately 1,200 bottles of wine – even with all of my tasting.
Getting set up at our sorting table!
Alex Chalkley is a Professional Photographer documenting the Harvest Season and may be personally responsible for a Torrontés shortage because she can’t stop tasting the delicious grapes!