Torrontes is a very interesting, rare grape type. A cross created by Argentinean Monks, crossing Muscat Canelli and Creola (a mission grape variety), it expresses a flavor profile only slightly reminiscent of its parent Muscat, and nothing of creola. Our Torrontes has the bright crispness of a Sauvignon Blanc, the floral and tropical notes of Muscat, and the citrus notes characteristic of the best dry Rieslings.
When one tastes Argentinean Torrontes, you will often see alcohols in the 14-15% range, low acidity and noticeable residual sugar. This is because they ripen the grapes to high sugar levels in order to emphasize the sweet notes of tropical fruits and flowers, aiming for a style similar to off-dry Muscat wines. At Wise Villa we choose to balance Torrontes by picking at much lower sugar levels, achieving a flavor profile and alcohol levels more in line with sparkling winemaking. We then ferment the wine cold and slow in stainless steel, to keep it aromatic, crisp and fresh.
2022 started off warm with an early spring, followed by a long and hot summer. The weather cooled down in the last three weeks that the grapes were left on the vine. Resulting in more fresh fruit & acidity in the grapes, for a leaner & more mineral-driven wine