REGION: Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza
VARIETIES: Semillon, Sauvignon, Torrontes
Susana Balbo's career in wine began in 1981 when she graduated with a degree in oenology from Don Bosco University, effectively becoming the first female winemaker in Argentina. She made her first wine - a Torrontés from Salta - in 1983 and since then hasn't stopped! This, as the name suggests, is her calling-card white. An unusual blend of grape varieties, even though the first two are well known both in Bordeaux and Australia. The combination of the floral, lychee, tropicalness of the Torrontes somehow marries superbly with the flinty, salty Sauvignon. Amazing.