Review: 2009 Tilia Torrontes

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My friend Sandy is getting married this summer and she is inviting some friends over in a few weeks in hopes of finding a white wine to serve at the wedding. Each guest has been asked to bring an affordable white that they like and we will all do a blind tasting and vote. The safe bet would be to bring a New Zealand sauvignon blanc, but I’d like to be a little more adventurous. If I can’t find anything I think will be a crown pleaser, I’ll have that to fall back on.

In our quest to find an unexpected white, hubby and I recently purchased a 2009 bottle of the Tilia Torrontes (Argentina). We tried the Torrentes in Argentina, but I could not really remember it. Nelson told me that it wasn’t my favourite, but maybe it was just that particular torrentes.

Torrontes is an Argentinian white grape. It adapts well to the arid conditions of Argentina and this is one of the only countries that produce this type of wine.

The wine we purchased, is from 2009 and is 13.5% alcohol. Tilia is a traditional tree through Mendoza. The vineyard is located in the northern region of Argentina, in Salta.

When you first bring the glass to your nose, you breathe in this wonderful floral-citrus bouquet. The aromas are so lovely and delicate. You close your eyes as you take your first sip, expecting this pale straw colour wine to dazzle your taste buds. As you swallow, your eyes open and you are confused. You smell the wine again and realize that your senses have been tricked! There are a number of people that rave about the Torrontes, but for me, I do not like the taste/finish. If you read some of the reviews, you will hear wonderful descriptions such as aromas like orange blossom, jasmin and honey. This is why the Torrontes is sometimes called the “liar’s grape” because in the nose, you have this perfumed aroma, but on the palette, it’s bone dry with almost a bitter finish for me.

We did use some of the Torrontes in a gravy we made, and that turned out well. Would I opt to drink the wine on a hot summer’s day? I’d still reach for a sauv blanc. If I wanted to have a glass of¬†Argentinian wine, I’d pour myself a malbec.

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