Torrontes has become renowned in Argentina where it is indigenous and a variety of great promise. It hails from the Muscat family tree which is an ancient group of varieties that produces a floral, sweet scented wine. The growing conditions of the Famatina Valley in Argentina present an ideal balance for the grape to thrive. High up in the Andes foothills the warm sunny days ripen the grapes and help elevate the floral and tropical fruit flavours whilst the cold evenings help retain the acidity that can easily be lost in the variety.
The result is a wine style not often seen in New Zealand. The wine is perfect as an aperitif or goes equally well with cheeses and a good quince paste. Get into this wine over the next couple of months or during summer.