Definition - What does Torrontes mean?

Torrontés is a white wine produced in Argentina. Wine labelled Torrontés can be made from 1 of 3 different types of Torrontel white wine grape varieties: Torrontés Riojano, Torrontés Sanjuanino, and Torrontés Mendocino. The different varieties of Torrontés are crosses of the Muscat and Mission wine grape varieties. Torrontes produces wines that are highly aromatic, with moderate acidity and a smooth mouthfeel.

WineFrog explains Torrontes

Torrontés is one of the most widely planted white wine grapes in Argentina. While the wine style of Torrontés is similar, the 3 Torrontés grape varieties produce different flavor profiles in the wines they produce.

Torrontés Riojano is the most aromatic and produces wines that can be aged and develop depth and complexity, while wines made with Torrontés Sanjuanino, and Torrontés Mendocino are best drunk young and have fresh lively flavor profiles of floral and spice. The art of making a good quality wine from Torrontés requires a skilled and experienced vintner to manage the winemaking process in order to balance the acidity in the wine. If the acidity isn’t balanced the wine can be overly aromatic, heavy or bitter and high in alcohol.

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