Bodega ColomÃ© was established in 1831 by the Spanish Governor of Salta, NicolÃ¡s Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar. In 1854, his daughter AscensiÃ³n, who was married to JosÃ© Benjamin DÃ¡valos, brought the first French pre-phylloxera Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to ColomÃ©. Grapes from three vineyards (of four hectares each) planted in that year are still used to make wines. Located in the Upper CalchaquiÂ Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina, not only is ColomÃ© the oldest winery in Argentina, but it also claims to own the world's highest vineyard.
The high altitude of the Calchaqui Valley and greater difference between day and night temperatures, ensures a longer growing season which in turn leads to a more intense accumulation of flavour in the grapes. The large difference (25Â°C) between day and night also helps retain natural acidity within the grapes. The climate here is dry with very little rainfall, on average around 120 millimetres per year. Soils are sandy with layers of gravel which help drainage. The vineyards are all farmed biodynamically. The TorrontÃ©s vines are grown between 1,700 and 2,300 metres above sea level.
Calchaqui Valley experienced excellent conditions in 2018. The total rainfall was 125 millimetres and started in spring, creating perfect conditions for a good growth and fertility of the vines. The growing season was balanced without any threat from frost or disease. During ripening there was little rain so botrytis could not develop. The cloudy days ensured the grapes were not sun burnt and retained their freshness.
The grapes went through a double selection process, firstly in the vineyard and then again on the sorting table at the winery. Fermentation was slow, using selected yeasts at low temperatures to retain the varietal fruit character. The wine was aged in stainless-steel tanks for three months before bottling in July. It then spent a further two months ageing in bottle before release.
Intense gold in colour with green tones, this wine has a bright floral nose of roses with the citrus aroma of grapefruit and a hint of spice. On the palate, it is fresh and well structured with a crisp finish.