Susana Balbo Signature White Blend 2020

Susana Balbo Signature White Blend 2020

So, we asked for a top-notch Chardonnay, and boy did we get one! What we didn't ask for was a white blend to blow our socks off, and boy did we get one! We were asked to taste it blind at the winery and we did identify the Semillon, and the Sauvignon Blanc, but what was providing that exotic richness on the nose; Riesling? No, Torrontés. 33% of each varietal is separately barrel fermented then blended and rested in those barrels for a further 4 months. The oak is delicate, the fruit is complex and explosive, run through with delicious acidity, steely and nervous, and we suspect this wine will age very well indeed. That first vintage was 2015 and the style is being honed and fine-tuned every harvest. This is one oif the most noteworthy, pioneering and impressive wines from all of South America. The grapes are from Finca Delfina, Altamira, Uco Valley.

96 / 100, Tim Atkin The Argentina Report 2021 (2020 vintage)

93 / 100, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 2021 (2020 vintage)

“Apricot, lemon zest, sea salt and chalk on the nose. Hints of fresh herbs. It’s medium-bodied with crisp acidity and lightly waxy texture. Fresh, mineral finish. Apricot and lemon undertones. Concrete egg. 42% Semillon, 33% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Torrontés. Drink now.”

93 / 100, James Suckling 2021 Report (2020 vintage)

94 / 100, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 2021 (2019 vintage)

Top 100, Wine Merchant Top 100 2020 (2019 vintage)

95 / 100, Tim Atkin 2020 Report, Best of Argentina (2019 vintage)

92 / 100, Decanter Magazine, October 2020 (2019 vintage)

"... an uplifting and fragrant bouquet of elderflower, dill, green tea, citrus fruits and grapey aromas... dry, with assertive acidity, a beautiful texture and a pleasant, persistent and refreshing finish."

92 / 100, James Suckling 2020 Report (2019 vintage)

“Rich, well-integrated nose. Reductive and racy on the palate, with the Torrontés portion not obvious.”

16.5 / 20, Jancis Robinson, Argentina 2020 Mainly Whites (2019 vintage)

95 / 100, Decanter Magazine, Argentina Expert’s Choice – Alejandro Iglesias (2019 vintage)

95 / 100, Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2019 (2018 vintage)

“This super-smart Argentinian take on the Bordeaux white blend from top producer Susana Balbo mixes in a little of the aromatic Torrontés grape variety, bringing flavours of tangy grapefruit, guava and minerals, and a superb length and depth.”

David Williams, The Observer, 50 Best Wines for Christmas 2019 (2017 vintage)

92 / 100, Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 (2017 vintage)

“Susana Balbo’s mould-breaking cuvée of Semillon with 30% Torrontés and 25% Sauvignon Blanc has rapidly established itself as one of Argentina’s best whites.”

95 / 100, Tim Atkin’s Top 100 List 2018 (2017 vintage)

94 / 100, James Suckling, Argentine Pushes the Limits, March 2018 (2017 vintage)

91 / 100, Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 (2016 vintage)

92 / 100, James Suckling, The Many, Diverse Wonders of Argentina, June 2017 (2016 vintage)

95 / 100, Descorchados 2018, Best Whites (2016 vintage)

“Classic, bell pepper, capsicum, New Zealand-style savvy noise. Spice. Aromatic complexity and a honeyed lanolin texture I expect from the Semillon through the mid-palate.”

Harry Crowther, The Buyer, July 2018 (2016 vintage)

94 / 100, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2016 vintage)

"This wine has a fine, delicate yet persistent florality, with citrus elements showing on the nose and palate over white and yellow summer fruits courtesy of the Semillon... A very fine and potentially fascinating wine."

Steven Spurrier,, February 2017 (2016 vintage)

93 / 100 Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2015 vintage)

93 / 100 James Suckling (2015 vintage)

"The lychee and perfumed floral notes of the Torrontés is powerful, but there's a flinty character too that is very attractive, with the palate showing delightful fruit intensity and a huge blast of grapefruit. Delicious acidity and intensity, long and shimmering salty acidity."

92 / 100 Tom Cannavan's WinePages.Com, February 2016 (2015 vintage)

"A mould-breaking, low alcohol cuvée of Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, all from the Uco Valley and two thirds fermented in concrete eggs. Grapefruit, gooseberry and struck match notes are complemented by a hint of oak on the Torrontés. One of the country's best whites in year one."

94 / 100 Tim Atkin ARGENTINA 2016 Special Report (2015 vintage)

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