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The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree, Torrontés

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree, Torrontés

a rosy Andean apple on our anniversary

The rose-scented Torrontés is Argentina’s signature white grape, and this one comes from the famed Uco Valley high in the Andes.  Made by young Matías Riccitelli, its unusual name acknowledges that he is following in his father’s footsteps: Jorge Riccitelli is the most famous winemaker in Argentina, having crafted wines at Bodega Norton for 25 years.  We’re giving this rose-y apple to ourselves as a present for our own anniversary – Decanting Club is one year old this week!
Most Torrontés should be served quite cold, but this is a classy example that shouldn’t be chilled too much: 8°C to 10°C.
Despite its astonishing floral nose, this unoaked white is notably clean and refreshing.  It makes a good aperitif, or you could pair it with oriental food like crispy fish in sweet and sour sauce.

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Give your pouch about four minutes out of the fridge to warm up before pouring, or twice that long in the glass if you do pour it straight away.  Very aromatic varieties like Torrontés and Sauvignon Blanc do suit being served colder than, say, Chardonnay, but you’ll appreciate the subtleties of this unusually complex example if you don’t chill it too much.  If the glass mists up then it’s too cold.
Well balanced and refreshing, yet with lots of exciting scent and flavour, this wine is great for drinking on its own.  However, it is also a fantastic match for Oriental cuisine.  Although dry, its ripeness can cope well with some sweetness in the food, and its exotic fragrance and spiciness complements that found in Chinese or Thai dishes.
Fried food often dulls the palate, but this wine has the zing and intensity to cut through, making it a great match for tempura or fried fish.  The fish could even be good old British fish’n’chips, but it would be better in an oriental dish.  Ginger and spring onion would be good, or even a (subtle, not gloopy) sweet and sour, usually a tricky match for wine.

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