Torrontés Riesling, 2020
A refreshing Torrontés Riesling blend bursting with intense aromas of citrus and blossom. A silky palate with crisp acidity and a long, mineral finish.
Meet the maker: Amalaya
Region: Calchaquí Valley, Salta – Argentina
Grape(s): Torrontés (85%), Riesing (15%)
13% ABV / 750ml / Vegetarian / Vegan / Organic
The Torrontés and Riesling grapes were grown on the Finca San Isidoro and Finca Las Mercedes vineyards. These are located in the Cafayate Valley in the very heart of the Calchaquí Valley, distinguished for being the highest wine region in the world.
The climate here is very dry, with just 150mm of rain in an average year and a huge diurnal temperature change of around 20°C.
The soils here are rocky, poor and sandy so the roots of the vines are forced to dig deep to find the vital nutrients and water they need, which in turn results in a huge concentration of flavour within the fruit.
The grapes went through a double selection process, firstly in the vineyard and then again on the sorting table at the winery.
The grapes were pressed without any maceration.
A slow fermentation took place using selected yeasts, for around 30 days at a controlled temperature of 14°C, which helped to retain the varietal fruit character.
The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks for three months before a further two months in bottle.