We all think of red wine when we think of Mendoza but over the last decade the quality of their white wines have come on leaps and bounds and the results are amazing. Just as Malbec is their signature red grape, Torrontes is their signature white and it is a grape variety they are vehemently working with, with huge success. It has become known as Argentina’s white grape variety and it is unique, complex and extremely food friendly.
The multi award winning Los Haroldos is a family owned, family run winery which has now been passed on through 3 generations. The front of the bottle shows their journey which started with a young man (Don Lolo Falasco) taking bottles of wine into Buenos Aires in the basket on the front of his bicycle to sell. They then followed their dreams and moved to Mendoza to build a winery which is now full of state-of-the-art winemaking equipment. They are producing a wide range of award-winning wines at varying price points and awarding body Harpers Wine Stars confirms that with their latest vintages “they continue to produce excellent wines with a very good price-quality relationship”, in other words – the wines are fantastic value for money. Chacabuco is an unoaked range focused on primary fruit character and named after the suburb of Buenos Aires where the family originated.
Torrontes is unique stylistically and very aromatic and this beautifully balanced example has a nose of jasmine, apricot and honeysuckle. The palate follows with passion fruit, honeyed lemon and orchard fruits. This is a wine with masses of individuality, you would taste it and instantly know what it is and the level of complexity means it can stand up to so many different foods from different nationalities. Another big plus point is that the wine is vegetarian and the flavours in the wine work really well with loads of different types of veg dishes!
We tried with this Vegetarian Tagine with Roasted Cauliflower, Apricots and Chickpeas (recipe link below) or for those meat eaters amongst us a Moroccan Chicken and Apricot Tagine is perfect (recipe link below). The wine has enough complexity to complement the saffron, ginger and apricots in the dish. Alternatively do what the locals do and enjoy it with Empanadas.