The Fresh Tasting White Wines of South America: Chile and Argentina

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The Fresh Tasting White Wines of South America:  Chile and Argentina

Torrontes, ever heard of it? It is the national white wine grape of Argentina. The actual origin of the grape is a mystery to the world but found its home in Argentina where it thrives in the high altitude vineyards of Salta. Salta contains some of the highest vineyards in the world with a desert-like climate and the dramatic shifts in temperature from day to night have created an environment for grapes that grow thick skins and ripen early, and the cool climate helps grapes retain their fresh acidity. Torrontes generally has a stone fruit aroma combined with a beautiful floral bouquet and a zesty citrus finish.

 

As far as Chile is considered, I have found that they're kicking ass with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The styles of both have such a range of flavor profiles I wouldn’t know where to start to describe them.  Their Sauvignon Blanc can either be wonderfully fruity and soft, or have an intense kick of green peppers.

 

2016 Colome Torrontes Salta, Argentina $13.99

Unique, intense and floral, Torrontés is the national white grape of Argentina and found almost nowhere else. The best Torrontés is grown in the high altitude region of Salta. The grapes for this hauntingly beautiful and complex version are grown at 5'500'.  A powerful floral bouquet - white flowers, roses & violets - is followed with mouth coating, minerally, honeyed tropical fruit and citrus. It has perfectly balancing natural acidity and finishes dry and clean. The intensity, weight and texture of the wine is very sensual. A sumptuous, gorgeous hand-made wine, it sees no oak and is famously food-friendly. A must try if you like intense and flavorful white wine.

$13.99 per bottle

 

2017 Zuccardi Torrontes, Argentina  $14.99

The Intense Yellow color of this wine is met with aromas of white and citrus fruits, orange peel, and oregano. Once the wine enters your mouth you are met with a hefty and structured wine that is followed by an amazingly fresh and mouth-watering acidity but a softer more delicate finish leaving you wanting more. 

 $14.99 per bottle

 

2016 Crios Torrontes, Argentina $15.99

Susana Balbo is known in Argentina as the Queen of Torrontes. She was the first woman to graduate with a degree in Enology in Argentina in 1981 and hasn’t slowed down since. She did consulting work for the likes of Catena Zapata as well as other Wineries in Argentina as well as South America and Australia. She considers herself a mother of three with her son and daughter joining the family business and her third child being her winery. With her extensive studies of the Torrontes grape she has produced a line of killer wines and her Torrontes is held in high regards. Susana Balbo has created a wine with elegant notes of white flowers, pear, ripe peach, and grapefruit. The best way to describe it is structured with nice acidity, dry, and aromatic with lovely minerality.

$15.99 per bottle

 

2018 La Playa Sauvignon Blanc, Chile  $7.99

This vegan, light, crisp, and unoaked Sauvignon Blanc is light in body but full of flavor. The coastal maritime climate is highly aromatic with notes of citrus fruits and flowers. With touches of fresh grass and ripe pineapple on the palate it is fresh and crisp with wild berries, elderflower and lime.

$7.99 per bottle

 

2016 Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc, Chile  $12.99

This wine is a bit of a blend but is made up of a majority of Sauvignon Blanc (85%), Semillon (8%), Sauvignon Gris (7%). It sees no oak and is aged for 5 months in stainless steel tanks. The nose is very expressive with aromas of fresh herbs and cucumber, pears with hints of floral notes. The palate is balanced with a fresh mouth watering finish

$12.99 per bottle

 

2016 Lapostolle Chardonnay, Chile $12.99

This aromatic chardonnay is created by pulling grapes from a region that has mild temperatures all year around which lends to a slow ripening process. The winemaking also plays a key role in the flavor profile, 80% of the juice sees stainless steel aging and the remaining 20% is fermented in French oak barrels. The nose has a profile of pineapple, green apple and lemongrass. The palate has refreshing acidity, a slight creamy texture from the little bit of oak with a touch of minerality adding a complex long finish.

$12.99 per bottle

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