(2021) Only 2,600 bottles of this orange wine from a vineyard planted in 1945 were produced, light orange in colour and explosively different on the nose: masses of smoky, herbal and skinny aromas, seeds and flowers somewhere in there too. A really arresting palate too - bone-dry with searing lemon pith acidity, but bursting with sweet, ripe orangey fruit too, peach and nectarine touches, and once again that salinity in the long finish. Made in concrete eggs. No UK retail listing at time of review.
(2021) These 60-year-old vines have been identified amongst a plot of pergola-trained Torrontés, now harvested separately in the early hours of the morning. Is it a red or is it a rosé? From the very deep pink colour it could be either, and indeed fermentation begins with whole berries, then the juice is separated and fermentation continues of juice only, with wild yeasts. Warming, subtle, chestnut, cranberry and sweet earth aromas, then a juicy and vibrant palate, firmly in the red fruit camp of raspberry and redcurrant, but some real grip from firm tannins and acidity, both tensioning the picture and giving this a keen, incisive finish. No UK retail listing at time of review.
(2016) Pure, high perfume, lots of flowers, and almost jasmine like fragrance, with fresh citrus and fresh, crunchy apple. The palate is bone dry, with a sweeping citrus juiciness but lemon rind and pith too, giving those dry, very fresh characters, then it turns quite grippy, a bit of phenolic grip, though still juicy and tangy.
(2011) Fantastic floral lift, with all the Torrontés exoticism, but the palate decisively citrusy and lemony, making it fish and ceviche-friendly.
(2011) >From vineyards at 1,700 metres altitude, this has a gorgeous floral lift, with some herbs and some almost geranium like fragrance over the black fruit base. This very expressive Malbec continues on the palate with some meaty tones, the tight, endive and liquorice tannins adding a vital edge and the sweet fruit canoodling with the acidity to delightful effect in the long, sinewy finish. A fabulous buy at the offer price with immediate drinking appeal.
(2010) There's a touch of gold to this pale yellow wine, and a nose that's only gently floral and herbal, and much less expressive than many examples of this grape. There's a touch of tangerine skin and some lemony notes. On the palate this has a bit of phenolic grip, the pithy bite of citrus and plenty of acidity keeping it crisp and fresh, if fairly simple. Seems rather too high a price for the content of the bottle in the final analysis.
(2008) >From Salta, a really honeyed quality with ripe nectarine and pineapple and just a touch of that floral Torrontés perfume. Mouth-filling, limpid, with herb-tinged crunchy apple and citrus fruit.
(2008) >From Cafayate in the north, crisp, herbal nose, with a touch of elderflower. Weighty palate, but decisive acidity.
(2008) Flamboyant, floral and exotic fruit character. The palate it has ripe melon and star-fruit flavours, some dried apricot and honeyed richness, but good acidity.
(2008) Traidcraft growers receive 25%-35% more money for their grapes. Delightfully aromatic, perfumed nose, with zesty citrus and a touch of nutmeg. Citrussy, with orange and lemon fruit and nimble acidity.