Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontés

Uco Valley, Mendoza

Tasting Notes

Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of white pear, white flowers and ripe peach. On the palate, it has a beautiful structure and acidity along with enticing fruit flavors that keep you coming back for another sip. Plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry.

Delicate flavors such as fish and shellfish. Spicy and aromatic Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisine also go very well with this variety

Hand picked, destemmed, Cooled at 6° C. Macerated with dry ice for 6 hours, low pressed. 100% Fermented in new French oak. Aged for 4 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

100% Torrontés. Alcohol 13.5%; acidity 6.8 g/L.

Grapes grown at Finca La Delfina in Altamira, Uco Valley, at an elevation of 1,150 m.

Tasting Notes

Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of white pear, white flowers and ripe peach. On the palate, it has a beautiful structure and acidity along with enticing fruit flavours that keep you coming back for another sip. Plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavours. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry.

Smoked meats, medium cheeses, fish, crab, sushi.

Hand picked, destemmed, Cooled at 6° C. Macerated with dry ice for 6 hours, low pressed. 100% Fermented in new French oak. Aged for 3 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

100% Torrontés. Alcohol 13.5%; acidity 6.6 g/L.

Grapes grown at Finca La Delfina in Altamira, Uco Valley, at an elevation of 1,150 m.

  • 92

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    Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontés
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

    "(100% barrel-fermented in all-new French oak; spent three months on its lees): Pale, bright silver-yellow. Sexy reduction to the slightly funky aromas of ginger and lees. Quite Burgundian in the mouth, offering rich, sexy flavors of white peach, ginger, quinine and charred oak. Very juicy but also rich, tactile and suave; plusher than the White Blend. Very dry but Susana Balbo notes that her use of oak barrels toasted by convection supplies some polysaccharides, which give this wine a touch of sweetness. Finishes with a touch of phenolic firmness but also lovely lingering sweetness. Great sex appeal."

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    Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontés
    James Suckling, James Suckling, May 2016

    "A white with plenty of oyster shell and dried fruit character plus hints of new oak. Full body, bright limey acidity. Fantastic barrel fermented white. Screw cap. Drink now."

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    Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontés
    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

    "The nose of the 2015 Susana Balbo Signature Torrontés Barrel Fermented is completely different from any other Torrontés I've ever encountered. It has notes of gunpowder and silex, tremendously mineral and austere. It comes from Altamira in Valle de Uco Valley where the soils are rich in limestone. It was sourced from a vineyard Susana Balbo planted in 2005 with vegetal material selected from Cafayate in Salta. The whole clusters were pressed and the must was put to ferment in second use oak barrels where the wine was kept in contact with the fine lees with some bâtonnage for four months. This is only 12.5% alcohol and has 7.6 grams of acidity (measured in tartaric acid), which are good parameters that indicate a light, sharp and fresh white. If the nose is surprising, the palate is simply unbelievable, sharp, austere, mineral and long, without any bitterness or exotic flavors. White flowers emerge with time in the glass. 15,000 bottles were filled in late September 2015."

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    2014 Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontés
    Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, May 2015

    "A unique rendition of the variety, this is smoky and charred to the max, with nothing else escaping from the bouquet. In the mouth, the acidity is ripping and tight, creating purity and elegance. Super smoky, toasty flavors of green apple and citrus fruits finish woody in flavor but chiseled in feel. Drink through 2017."

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    Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontés
    James Suckling, June 2015

    "A fresh and bright torrontés with yogurt, dried apples and pears. Full-bodied, round and savory. Intense finish. Barrel fermented and three months in barrels with lees. Drink now. Screw cap."

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    2014 Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontés
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, February 2015

    "Bright silver-yellow. Lemon, lime, honey and vanilla on the nose, complicated by a musky leesy quality and a chalky nuance. Ripe and glyceral in the mouth, with harmonious acidity framing the complex flavors of peach, citrus fruits and lees. Only 25% of this pliant, layered Torrontés went through malolactic fermentation. Susana Balbo describes this as Torrontés Riojano (the best clone of this variety) in its purest expression, noting that the plantings came from Cafayate."

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  • 91

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    Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontés
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, February 2015

    "Bright silver-yellow. Lemon, lime, honey and vanilla on the nose, complicated by a musky leesy quality and a chalky nuance. Ripe and glyceral in the mouth, with harmonious acidity framing the complex flavors of peach, citrus fruits and lees. Only 25% of this pliant, layered Torrontés went through malolactic fermentation. Susana Balbo describes this as Torrontés Riojano (the best clone of this variety) in its purest expression, noting that the plantings came from Cafayate."

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    Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontés
    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, August 2015

    "The 2014 Susana Balbo Signature Torrontés Barrel Fermented comes from the Altamira zone in the Uco Valley (but outside the boundaries of the newly-defined Altamira IP, indication de procedencia), from a vineyard Susana Balbo planted in 2005 with vegetal material from Cafayate in Salta. The whole clusters are pressed after a short maceration in the press and the must is clarified to obtain a very clear juice that ferments in used oak barrels where the wine was kept in contact with the fine lees with some bâttonage. The oak is perfectly integrated, in fact the nose is very fruit and flower-driven, even a little piquant, with faint spices and lots of freshness. The palate is very intense, with penetrating flavors, great freshness and minerality, ending almost salty. The oak is really imperceptible. The first vintage of this wine was only 2012, and in its third year it is already a benchmark Torrontés. If you want to oak a Torrontés, this is the way to do it. The next step is to investigate the evolution in bottle, as I have the feeling Torrontés can develop in bottle for longer than most people think, especially if you go for a spicy, fresh and not so phenolic style. 12,000 bottles produced."

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