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Dominio del Plata - Crios Torrontes 2018

Information

  • Country: Argentina
  • Wine Region: Mendoza
  • Wine Area: Lujan de Cuyo
  • Wine Maker: Susana Balbo
  • Grape: Torrontes
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now.
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2017) VS: 90 (2017) JS: 92 (2017) TA: 91 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

It has all the floral subtlety and delicate exotic nuance that this grape is so cherished for but, unlike a lot of other examples, many from Salta Province in the far north, this one is more subtly nuanced than in your face! Also, unlike many others, this one is really lean and lively on the palate, ultra zesty and fresh. In fact, texturally speaking, it feels more like a very good Sauvignon Blanc, such is the acid balance and structure in relation to the lovely ripeness of fruit. Stunning.

Winery Information

Dominio del Plata

Susana Balbo graduated from Don Bosco University in Mendoza in 1981 and established herself as Argentina’s first female enologist and, since then, has been considered one of Argentina’s top winemakers. Three times her industry peers elected her to the Presidency of Wines of Argentina because of her work ethic, innovative winemaking techniques and dedication to the worldwide success of Argentine wine. After working for twenty years as a consulting winemaker, Susana founded her own brand.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2017)90 pts

The 2017 Críos Torrontés is grapey, spicy and floral, which is a combination of Cafayate with Mendoza. It has notions of talcum powder and some citrus and mineral notes with less tropical notes. The style is fresh with good acidity. Sixty percent of the grapes are now from Altamira, a profile that has been growing and might grow even more in the future. Nice balance in the palate.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2017)90 pts

Very pale color. Musky scents of lemon, fresh apricot, flowers and lichee. Salty, sappy and very dry, with a sexy musky quality that calls to mind both Condrieu and Chablis. More classic than the 2016 version, this wine should make a terrific aperitif but could also pair well with grilled fish or sushi. Susana Balbo told me that Torrontés from Cafayate is frequently too turpenic, so she has planted more Torrontés in Altamira, next to her Signature Malbec. She noted that the 2015 and 2016 versions of this bottling were more Sauvignon Blanc-like and that she picked especially early in 2017. A superb value at $15.

James Suckling (2017)92 pts

Quite a citric torrontes that has some passion fruit and lychee notes, too. There's a great interplay of fruit, yeasty character (this gives just a hint of creaminess) and crisp acidity. Quite a long, mineral finish. 50% Uco Valley and 50% Cafayate. Drink now. Screw cap.

Tim Atkin (2016)91 pts

Susana Balbo is very excited about the quality of her 2016 whites and you can see why. This is always a breath of perfumed air in the Torrontés world: floral, youthful and fresh with tangy acidity and notes of fresh grapes and musk. 2017-18

Vinification Notes

Hand harvested, light filtration.