After several years of experimentation with varying toast levels and various barrel producers, Susana Balbo has created a Torrontés that takes this varietal into a whole new sphere of influence. The exuberant floral and fruity notes that we know and love have become delicately muted and are complemented with the most ethereal and subtle oak influences. Although still distinctly Torrontés, this actually noses a little like a great Viognier, dare we say it something akin to Condrieu from a very good vintage?
94 / 100, Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2019 (2018 vintage)
90 / 100, Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 (2018 vintage)
“Susana Balbo’s oaked white tastes like a Torrontés crossed with a top Sauvignon Blanc, such is its focus, minerality and acidity.”
95 / 100, Tim Atkin’s Top 100 List 2018 (2017 vintage)
94 / 100, Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 (2017 vintage)
95 / 100, James Suckling, Argentine Pushes the Limits, March 2018 (2017 vintage)
92 / 100, Descorchados 2018, Best Torrontes (2017 vintage)
94 / 100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2017 vintage)
92 / 100, Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (2016 vintage)
92 / 100, James Suckling, The Many, Diverse Wonders of Argentina, June 2017 (2016 vintage)
"Consistently the best and most complex Torrontés in Argentina, this comes from a parcel of vines in Paraje Altamira and is entirely barrel-fermented. Smoky, sappy and complex with a touch of struck match, refreshing acidity and a chalky, minerally bite. The oak is just a whisper here."
93 / 100 Tim Atkin ARGENTINA 2016 Special Report (2015 vintage)
94 / 100 Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2015 vintage)
"This has undergone a change in name (it used to be the BenMarco Torrontés) but it's still the same style of barrel-fermented Torrontés. Saline and complex with subtle struck match notes and a sweaty, almost Sauvignon Blanc-like flourish. A wine that transcends its grape variety."
93 / 100 Tim Atkin ARGENTINA 2015 Special Report (2014 vintage)
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