Country: Argentina Region: Calchaquí Valley
Varietal: 100% Torrontes Vintage: 2020
Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Bodega Colomé
Bodega Colomé was established in 1831 and is the oldest working
winery in Argentina with one of the world’s highest vineyards. The
winery is in the far north of Argentina in the Upper Calchaquí
Valley and is thought to have been founded by the Spanish
Governor of Salta, Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar. In 1854
his daughter, Ascensión, brought the first pre-phylloxera Malbec
and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to Bodega Colomé. Three
vineyards (with an area of four hectares each) were planted in
the same year, the fruit from which is still used to make wines.
Today, the winery has 140 hectares of biodynamically run vineyard
planted at altitudes of between 1,750 and 3,111 metres above
The high altitude of the Calchaquí Valley and high diurnal range
ensures a long growing season. The diurnal range, as much as 25°
C, helps retain natural acidity in the grapes. The climate is dry with
very little rainfall, on average around 120 millimetres per year. Soils
are sandy with layers of gravel which helps drainage. The
vineyards are farmed according to biodynamic principles. The
Torrontés vines are grown between 1,700 and 2,300 metres above
The grapes went through a double selection process, first in the
vineyard and then again on the sorting table at the winery.
Fermentation was slow, using selected yeasts at low temperatures
to retain the varietal fruit character. The wine was aged in stainless
steel tanks for three months before bottling in June. It then spent a
further two months ageing in bottle before release.
Intense gold in colour with green tones, this wine has a bright floral
nose with aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruits and a hint of spice.
On the palate, it is fresh and well structured with a crisp finish.