Somewhere Else Torrontes – Pedro Gimenez
An unusual, perhaps unique, combination of the native Torrontes and PX – aka Pedro Gimenez.
Somewhere Else is aptly names as it comes from the remote Tulum Valley at the foot of the Andes, 30km from San Juan. Before wine making arrived this arid region was populated by shepherds and their flocks. So rugged was the terrain sheep were often lost, with the locals claiming they were abducted by aliens – as shown on the label.
The region of San Juan is the second grape and wine producing region in the country, with over 47000ha planted. Tulum Valley, is the most important of the five in the province. These valleys have an annual average temperature of 17° C, precipitations of 90 mm. per year and alluvial soils made of sand and clay. This region’s climatic conditions have a high impact on the wine’s differentiating quality – fruity wines with unique personality and style. According to winemakers with a vast experience in the region, this characteristic is explained by the warm and very dry conditions and unique sun exposure of an average of 330 days a year, the very low level of precipitation.
Pale yellow with a greenish hue. The floral character of Torrontes is underplayed; instead citrus – lemon and grapefruit – is coupled with tropical fruit – banana, pineapple. A mouthfeel with a persistent crispness and a pleasant lively palate is outweighs its alcoholic strength.
About the Producer
Somewhere Else Vineyards
Somewhere Else Vineyards is a project undertaken by Las Invernadas winery. They are passionate about bringing the maximum expression of the terroir where the grapes come from into each wine.
Located in the Tulum Valley Las Invernadas finds itself in a magic place at the foot of Los Andes, an inspiring quiet oasis surrounded by mountains. Tulum is main valley in the province of San Juan at 30 km from its main city of San Juan.
Founded in 2002 with the purchase of a 1950s winery it has a capacity of 50,000 hL with a cellar for wine storage in casks of French and American oak.
Owned by the Menin family, they have been working on recycling the buildings and incorporating the latest technology to optimise the winemaking process and output.
With four vineyards spread over the Valley, Las Invernadas has 258 ha in which to grow the best grapes of high quality varietals without recourse to any chemicals. The aspect of the vineyards means the grapes receives permanent sunlight; the light wind and abundant water that comes down from mountains combines with the stony ground to achieve a fruit forward crop leading to high quality, rounded wines.
Ricardo Roman is the Chief winemaker at Las Invernadas with over 15 years’ experience. His passion and experience helped transform the wines, where attention to detail in the winery and the tasting room has helped produce the quality, consistency and character that Las Invernadas is now renowned for.