Tilia Torrontés

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Wine Description

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda in the Eastern region of Mendoza. They are made by Leopoldo Kuschnaroff, a winemaker and viticulturist in charge of all Catena family vineyards in Eastern Mendoza. Torrontés is indigenous to Argentina and has a unique profile that has quickly made it the country's signature white grape. The high altitude vineyard where the Tilia Torrontés grapes are sourced sits at an incredibly high 5,500 feet above sea level.

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Winemaker Gonzalo Llensa
Sustainability Specialist Guillermina Van Houten
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Luján de Cuyo mountain & vine
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Wild Pollinator owned by Catena Zapata
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“The 2014 Torrontés is produced from new plantings in the Tolombón zone of Cafayate in the province of Salta. Quite different from previous vintages when the grapes used were grown in the east of the Mendoza province, these new parral plantings are on granite soils and with a south exposure, which in the southern hemisphere is fresher. It is initially a little tight though slowly develops spicy, citric and white flower notes, subtler, quite harmonious. In 2014 they harvested quite early and the wine has kept the acidity and did not show any bitter flavors. It feels quite serious, with a faint hint of petrol à la Riesling, and ends dry. They try to do a shorter fermentation to avoid excessive extraction of aromas, because sometimes Torrontés can be too much.”
— Wine Advocate, Aug 2015
“Subtle fresh aromas of lemon peel, lime zest and flowers, plus saline and spicy nuances. Supple and rather delicate, with juicy acidity and a sake-like umami quality to its green apple, citrus and saline flavors. Nicely made inexpensive Torrontés. Seems riper than the 2015 version.”
— Vinous, Mar 2016
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Vineyard & Production Info
Soil composition
Training method
5,500 feet
Harvest time:
First vintage of this wine:
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Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Torrontés
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
21-30 days
Fermentation temperature:
63 °F
Malolactic fermentation:
Not Carried Out
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging:
3 months
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Analytical Data
pH level:
6 g/L
13.5 %
Dry extract:
19.6 g/L
Residual sugar:
4.5 g/L