Valle de Cafayate, Valle De Cafayate, Argentina
Ripe and refreshing with intense flavours of citrus and green apple with some tropical notes of lychee and honeysuckle. With no oak ageing, this is an adventurous white wine alternative for fans of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio from Argentina.
- Valle De Cafayate
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The Queen of Torrontés
The most recognised and well-known female oenologist in Argentina, Susana Balbo has been instrumental in the transformation of quality table wines in Argentinean viticulture. She is best known for her innovation and progressive spirit in developing wines with unique character and quality, and she is the first Argentinean oenologist ever hired as a consultant by European wineries.
At Susana Balbo Wines, her family's winery in the famed Mendoza wine region of Argentina, Susana crafts her own signature label wines. They embody the complexity of various grapes along with her creativity as an oenologist to produce fine wines that express prestige, power and finesse. For her Crios label, which means "offspring" (as in children), Susana selected a word to express the notion that these are wines given loving care and attention deserving of her children. Benmarco Malbec is an exclusive from Susana Balbo's son José.
The three hands on the label, inspired by a Mayan artefact, represent Susana and her two children. By definition, Crios is to be enjoyed while still young and vibrant.
"Torrontés is a uniquely Argentinean grape, white with some Muscat lodged in its ancestry somewhere. It has Muscat's spiciness with a bit of extra-scented rose petal. It's as seductive as it sounds in this example, fermented quite dry, enjoying a zippy backbone. It can age up to a decade."
"This well structured food wine is a product of the wine business set up by Argentina's first female enologist, Susana Balbo, and based on Argentina's own Torrontés grape. Crios Torrontés will bring a smile to fans of the stone fruit aromas of Viognier, but who are also in search of a winning smoothness. The perfect clutch for an autumn fish supper; especially rewarding to the efforts of the homemade chipmaker."
"Torrontés is a big pulpy grape that can make flabby wines but thanks to the hugely respected winemaker Susanna Balbo this is changing. She led the way by picking earlier, reducing skin contact and growing at altitude (avg. 1700 metres). This is delicious - floral muscat aromas but bristling and crisp on the palate with green apple freshness and lime zest perfect for seafood or say creamy pasta dishes."
"Susana Balbo is one of the most respected winemakers in Argentina. The Crios Torrontes is has a nice floral nose and very refined crisp green citrus fruits on the palate."
Susana Balbo Wines
Mendoza, where these vines are grown, is Argentinas foremost wine region, and it is responsible for the countrys best bottles. The province is located at around thirty degrees south of the equator. This is the northern limit of wine grape production, any closer to the equator and the grapes would shrivel in the heat. The Andes, that lie between Mendoza and Chile, raise the land to an altitude that counterbalances the equatorial heat. The result is that the vineyards of Mendoza are some of the highest in the world, between 600m and 1,100m above sea level