2016 Bodega Colome Torrontes Estate High Altitude Vineyards

Year: 2016
Appellation: Salta
Country: Argentina
Wine Advocate: 90+
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"The 2016 Torrontés 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 Torrontés 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 Torrontés I've had from Colomé. Kudos to winemaker Thibaud Delmotte and his team! 144,000 bottles produced." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Torrontés is the signature white wine of Argentina. A cross between Muscat of Alexandria and the Mission Grape of Galicia, Torrontés grapes typically yield a light, refreshing white wine with Muscat tones redolent of jasmine and orange blossoms.

Thriving in cool dry conditions, Torrontés has become synonymous with Argentina?s Salta Province and, in particular, the Calchaquí Valleys. Their altitude and microclimate have helped produce particularly outstanding Torrontés harvests. At Colomé, we strive to emphasize the delicate elegance of the Torrontés grape. Sitting 1700 meters above sea level, La Brava, our Torrontés vineyard, is at the varietal?s ideal altitude. We cultivate our vines using the pergola system and we focus on low yields (approximately 10 tonnes per hectare) to realize the full potential of the grape.

Founded in 1831 Bodega Colomé is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina. In 2001 it was bought by Donald Hess whose vision was to produce terroir driven wines at the highest elevations in the world. The vines are located in the Upper Calchaquí Valley, North-Western Argentina, which are considered to be the viticulture region of highest altitudeintheWorldbetween 2,300 and 3,111 metres above sea level. Since then Colomé is regarded as one of the top Ultra Premium Wineries from Argentina.

The altitude factor in Upper Calchaqui Valley has a positive impact on the quality of the grapes because the sun?s ultraviolet rays are present in a higher degree. The higher the altitude, the most exposure of the grapes to the sun?s ultraviolet rays, which makes the grape to generate a thicker and darker skin to protect itself from the rays gaining color and concentration. The region is semi arid and desert. Soils are sandy with presence of gravel and there is a huge thermal amplitude between day and nights (aprox. 25° C). Rainfall is low with an average of 120 mm a year.