Manos Negras, Torrontes, Salta, Argentina, 2021
Alejandro Sejanovich is arguably Argentina's most knowledgeable viticulturist, working as vineyard director for Bodega Catena Zapata for 16 years, he pioneered high altitude vineyard planting and conducted ground breaking research on Mendoza Malbec clones.
Manos Negras focuses on latitude winemaking, planting Torrontes in the northern stretches of Cadayate in Salta, Pinot Noir in the southern-most region of Neuquen in Patagonia and cultivates 50 year old Malbec vines in the prized Altamira appellation in the Uco Valley.
Torrontés is the signature white grape from Argentina. The high altitude and northerly latitude of Cafayate in Salta provide the ideal conditions for this once minor Spanish grape to flourish as nowhere else in the world.
Fermented in concrete for 10 days, with no malolactic fermentation and no oak ageing.
No oak ageing
The warm sunny days and cool mountain nights produce a wine of light yellow colour, with explosive floral aromas, citrus fruit flavours and a crisp, clean finish.
Poultry, fish and flavoursome thai spiced dishes.
James Suckling 91 Points
This is a more refined expression of torrontes. Less aromatic, but pure and showing a bit more limey, green-fruit character to the nectarines and the floral note. Crisp, dry and refreshing. Drink now. Screw cap. 91 Points, JS, March 2022.
6 x 75cl