Michel Torino – Argentine Wines from the Giant Penaflor

12-Feb-2014
Michel Torino is a brand of Bodega El Esteco of Cafayate, one of the wine companies that are part of Grupo Penaflor, the Argentine giant that figures among the top of the world’s most significant players. 6,300 ha of vineyards are owned between the five wineries in Grupo Penaflor, and fruit is also sourced under contract. El Esteco was founded in 1892 and is the main winery in Cafayate owning 750 ha of vines at the high altitude of 1,700 m a.s.l. in the Calchaqui Valley. The bodegas has several tiers, and I review a selection from the varietal ‘Michel Torino Coleccion’ range, the premium ‘Don David’ tier, named after David Michel and the top end ‘Ciclos’ and ‘Altimus’ labels. The wines are imported and available through www.winesale.co.nz and the wholesale ‘Blackboard Wines’ division. www.micheltorino.com.ar

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Michel Torino ‘Coleccion’ Calchaqui Valley Malbec 2013
  • Michel Torino ‘Coleccion’ Calchaqui Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Michel Torino ‘Don David Reserve’ Cafayate Valley Torrontes 2013
  • Michel Torino ‘Don David Reserve’ Cafayate Valley Chardonnay 2012
  • Michel Torino ‘Don David Reserve’ Cafayate Valley Malbec 2011
  • Michel Torino ‘Don David Reserve’ Cafayate Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
  • Michel Torino ‘Don David Reserve’ Cafayate Valley Syrah 2011
  • Michel Torino ‘Don David Reserve’ Cafayate Valley Tannat 2011
  • Michel Torino ‘Ciclos’ Malbec/Merlot 2011
  • Michel Torino ‘Altimus MMX’ 2010

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