I’m getting worried. That’s not really news, as anyone who knows me is already aware that I have black belts, higher degrees and several gongs for worrying! However, I’m getting worried that my quest for wine knowledge and new styles and grape varieties has “infected” The Analyst. Where once dinner table conversation involved chitter chatter on gross domestic product, quantitative easing and spreadsheets using visual basic; now it’s about use of oak, underlying minerality and acidity. Imagine if we strayed into phenolic ripeness and disgorgement dates*!
It’s actually rather fun…it’s lovely to be able to share one’s enthusiasm either with an ‘other half’; with you, dear reader; or with a group attending a tasting event.
I recently introduced one such gathering to what is becoming Argentina’s signature white grape – Torrontés. I’m not really surprised no-one had tried it before, as in most supermarkets there’s probably only one example on the shelves. In Waitrose that’s Tilimuqui Single Vineyard Fairtrade Organic Torrontés.
This wine is made by the La Riojana co-operative in north-west Argentina. La Riojana is one of the world’s leading Fairtrade wine producers (see my previous review of their Gran Reserva Malbec.)
The Tilimuqui Single Vineyard Torrontés is a more restrained style than some I’ve tried. The nose is delicately peachy with blossomy-floral aromas. The wine is crisp on the palate. The flavours match the aromas with added citrus zip and possibly a hint of added spice too on the finish. Not as long-lasting flavour-wise as the Pacha Mama Torrontés, it still has really refreshing acidity. I’d drink this on its own, but you could try it with fish pie, creamy pasta or Thai dishes. If you like Pinot Grigio or the more restrained styles of Sauv Blanc then give Torrontés a whirl!
The alcohol levels are 12.5%
Tilimuqui Single Vineyard Fairtrade Organic Torrontés costs £7.49 from Waitrose.
W.O.W. Factor 7
* In case you were wondering… Phenolic ripeness (also called physiological ripeness) refers to the changes that occur in grape skins, seeds and stems. If the phenolic ripeness isn’t adequate the wine will have a green, unripe flavour to it. (from Wine Anorak)
… and as for disgorgement dates more Champagne houses (but not all) put the date that their wine was removed from the lees/dead yeast cells following secondary fermentation. This is said by some to be important as the aging process and flavour development is different before and after removal. For an argument in favour of disgorgement transparency see this piece from Dr Vino.