Argentina, Torrontés, Kaiken, Terroir Series, Salta, Cafayate Valley, 2016

N/ Yellow and green grasses, white flowers, geraniums, fresh rain, gooseberries, sun bleached river rocks, and a light hint of chlorine.

Delightful.

T/ Medium mouthfeel. Bright lime, honeysuckle and liquid flower notes. Steeped hay and chamomile. Clean mineral and flint lines.

More focused and linear than most torrontés I’ve had. In a very good way.

Well done.

http://kaikenwines.com/en/home/

Price = $14-$18

N = A-
T = A
I = A
Overall A / A-

This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

From the winery..

“Vineyards

The grapes used to make our Terroir Series Torrontés are sourced from vineyards in the Cafayate Valley, in the Argentine province of Salta. These vineyards are located 2,000 m.a.s.l. At this altitude cooler climate results in grapes with very good acidity and delightfully fresh wines. The valley and its 80-year old vineyards provide optimum conditions for high quality wines. Old vineyards and valley characteristics both contribute to low yields and highly concentrated aromas.

Winemaking

All grapes used in our Terroir Series Torrontés were hand-picked into 20kg-trays in March, just like previous years. Harvest starts at dawn so as to keep the grapes at a low temperature as long as possible before their arrival in the winery. Upon arrival, stalks are removed and grapes are crushed for pressing. Only 15% of the grapes are macerated for four hours to add complexity to the beverage. After pressing, winemakers add enzymes and must is decanted at least for 48 hours. The wine is then racked to another tank to separate it from the thicker lees. Fermentation takes place at low temperatures (12ºC -14ºC; 53.6ºF-57.2ºF) during approximately three weeks. After fermentation the wine is racked and decanted once more to remove residual thick lees. The wine stays cloudy at least for 6 more months before bottling. During this period lees are regularly stirred up into the wine to impart depth and character to the wine. Sterile filtration is performed with cartridge membrane filters. This wine was not in contact with wood.”

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