Torrontés belongs to the grouping of grapes known as "Criollas," those European varieties that have developed largely as wild crossings in the Americas. The most prominent variety, Torrontés Riojano is a favored Argentine specialty - very aromatic like Gewürztraminer, but almost always dry and crisp.
This rendition, from Hervé’s holdings in Mendoza is hand-harvested and fermented on native yeasts in stainless steel. The wine is bottled quickly to preserve the fresh aromas of grapefruit, wildflowers, and apricots.
About this wine producer: Hervé Fabre (like Bruno Lafon of Domaine Magellan in the Languedoc and Marjorie & Stéphane Gallet of Domaine le Roc des Anges in the Roussillon) brought fresh eyes and a respect for the value of old vines and high-quality farming to a new home, when in the late 1980s, he moved from Bordeaux to Mendoza, Argentina. At the time, nearly all the investors in Mendoza’s wine renaissance were purchasing undeveloped land and the planting new, easily farmed and irrigated vineyards, from which oceans of ordinary wine could be made. Fabre, on the other hand, set his sights on existing old vineyards, some planted in 1908 (!) in the foothills of the Andes, near the source of the Rio Mendoza. And it was a consequential decision: their deep roots and low yields give wines that regularly garner him the highest accolades, including two IWSC trophies for “Argentine Wine Producer of the Year”.