Torrontés Riojano cuttings were first brought to Australia by St Ignatius Vineyard in the year 2000. WE DECIDED TO PROPAGATE THE CUTTINGS AND PLANTED TO OUR PROPERTY after extensive protocols conducted by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service IN MELBOURNE for over two years.
ThIS ORIGINAL cultivar FROM ARGENTINA was derived from a cross of ‘Muscatel of Alexandria’ and ‘Criolla Chica’. OVER THE YEARS, we pioneered the growing, production and commercialisation of the varietal in Australia.
In weight and mouthfeel, it’s SIMILAR TO Alsace wineS, with crispness and richness at the same time. Torrontés has the capability of producing wines of high quality, but its success is dependent on the skill and care of the winemaking process, particularly in maintaining suitable acid levels to balance the wine.
One of the MANY secrets of Torrontés is harmony in the vineyard. Importantly, this includes carefully managing the canopy and not over exposing the berries to excess sunlight. Torrontes is grown in all the Argentine viticultural regions and the quality improves as conditions become cooler and growth less prolific. Pruning, irrigation and fertilisation must be oriented towards controlling yields.
Torrontés makes a great match alongside coconut curries and Thai spice peanut dishes. In terms of intensity of food, opt for light coloured meats such as poultry, fish and tofu because they won’t overwhelm the delicate flavour, aroma and acidity in the wine.
Meat: Chicken Satay, Roast Chicken, Glazed Tofu, Teriyaki Seitan, Curried Shrimp, Pork Chops, Chinese Barbecue Pork
Cheese: Feta, Gruyere, Swiss Cheese, Paneer Cheese, Pecorino, Asiago, Manchego, Farmer’s Cheese
Herb/Spice: Cilantro, Thai Basil, Mint, Shiso, Parsley, Chives, Sichuan Pepper, Ginger, Shallot, Cayenne Pepper, Turmeric, Ajwain, Gram Masala, Coriander, Cumin, Lemon, Hot Sauce
Vegetable: Butternut Squash, Summer Squash, Yam, Potato Cucumber, Carrot, Zucchini, Snap Peas, Radish, Red Pepper, Green Onion, Onion, Cauliflower, Fresh Grapes, Citrus Fruits, Coconut, Mango