El Esteco Old Vines 1945 Torrontes 2020

El Esteco Old Vines 1945 Torrontes 2020

 

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El Esteco
Old Vines 1945 Torrontes 2020
  • Vintage : 2020
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Salta
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Crisp Dry White
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Torrontes

A vibrant wine with fresh tropical fruits and delicate aromas of roses and orange peel, lifted by a refreshing acidity.

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 92 2018
TA Tim Atkin 92 2018
JS James Suckling 91 2018
W&S Wines & Spirits 90 2018
More information on wine critics and ratings

Vineyard: The Calchaqui Valley is an isolated stretch of desert, with unique features that make it ideal to grow the highest vineyards in the world. At more than 1,600 meters (5,500 feet) above sea level, the surprisingly broad temperature range generates marked contrasts between the warm days and cold nights, allowing for the development of ripe berries that condense all the best that the region has to offer. Deep, poor, rocky soils. Irrigation from the Andes. Wide thermal amplitude with big differences (approximately 22° C between the minimum during the cold mornings and nights, and the maximum during sunny days). Dry climate, little rainfall, 120mm of rain a year, 15% humidity and 300 days of sunshine. Cold mornings and nights, and long hot days result in wines that are highly concentrated in color, aromas and flavors with a unique fruity

Vinification: The fruit is harvested by hand. Three different vinification techniques are used: 30% of the juice is cold macerated, 60% undergoes traditional fermentation and 10% is aged in small American barrels for 6 months. The last 10% goes through malolactic fermentation using selected lactic bacteria. The wine is blended following on from the different fermentations.

Awards and Press News: Argentinian White Trophy, International Wine Challenge 2018 (2017 vintage). Gold Medal, International Wine Challenger 2018 (2017 vintage)

Robert Parker (RP) : 92 Points (2018)
2018 was an average year in Salta, not as extraordinary as it was in Mendoza. The 2018 Old Vines Torrontés follows the path of seriousness and balance of the previous years, with a moderately perfumed nose and an austere palate, with notable acidity and a dry finish. This is kept with lees in concrete eggs for some six months. 8,000 bottles were filled in October 2018.

Tim Atkin (TA) : 92 Points (2018)
Alejandro Pepa achieves added complexity in this impressive Torrontés by using 15% whole bunches and partial ageing in foudres. Floral lime and kiwi fruit notes are complemented by some tannic grip and structure from the stems. 2019-22 

James Suckling (JS) : 91 Points (2018)
Plenty of apricot pie and sugarcoated apples and then some herbal undertones, such as fresh coriander, as well as white stones. Medium-bodied with sweet-and-sour character, thanks to the combination of fleshy stone fruit and bright acidity.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 90 Points (2018)
El Esteco, a winery founded in 1892 in Cafayate, makes this full-bodied, rich torrontés, presenting the variety’s typical floral notes nestled into peachy fruit. The texture is broad and fleshy, enhanced by the ten percent of the wine that went through malolactic fermentation and aged in American oak barrels. The fruit feels fresh, with a salinity that makes it mouthwatering.

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El Esteco Old Vines 1945 Torrontes 2020 Reviewed by Robert Parker 27-03-2022 . Score: 4.5