Elsa Bianchi Torrontes 2019
Greenish color with slight golden hues. It is a young, single-vineyard wine and expresses all the freshness that is typical of this varietal, with delicate aromas of citrus and flowers such as jasmine. The palate begins fresh and voluminous, with balanced, enduring acidity. This harmonious wine lets one perceive the aromas found on the nose.
All Elsa wines are single-vineyard, from the family’s original vineyards holdings, where Dona Elsa (the late grandmother of the current Bianchi owners) lived in her first “casa,” which still sits among the vineyards.
Valentin Bianchi’s Torrontes grapes come from the winery’s own vineyard: Finca Dona Elsa, located in San Rafael, Mendoza. The soil is a loamy-sandy composition with calcareous sediments (providing minerality), and it is of alluvial origins. Hand-picked and twice sorted by hand, the Torrontes grapes are crushed via pneumatic pressing (through a cold-water exchange to lower its temperature). The must thus obtained is placed in stainless-steel tanks at 46.4° F (8° C). Selected yeasts are introduced maintaining a fermentation temperature of 59° F (15° C). It spends three months in the bottle at the winery before shipping.
Torrontes wines make a great match alongside coconut curry, Thai Spice dishes, poultry, fish or tofu because they won’t overwhelm the flavor or aroma of the wine.
The Elsa wines are named after Dona Elsa, the late grandmother of the current Bianchi owners. Her first “casa,” still sits among the vineyards that also bear her name.
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