The 2016 vintage was Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2018 edition review of Spanish Value Wines (under £20); (see blue link below).
Torres Viña Esmeralda 2016 - March 2018 Decanter review
In the mountainous area of the Upper Penedès the more delicate and aromatic white grape varieties are grown. Moscatel and Gewürtztraminer form the basis for Viña Esmeralda, an exceptionally delicate and strikingly fragrant wine.
Torres say: "We're particularly proud of our white wines. The production of these types of pure, clean and seductive wines, as we see them today, was quite difficult for our ancestors. However, we now know the secret and have the resources to maintain the fruit properties and transform them into unique, refreshing and elegant wines with a little help from the climate, the land, our well-cared for grapevines and experience."
"The Mediterranean breeze blends with the scent of roses, which grow around our vineyards further inland, to bring us our most cherished gem: Viña Esmeralda."
2016 was quite dry during the winter, particularly in the Penedès region. The winter was mild, and spring and summer temperatures were normal. September started out rather warm, but cooled down as the month wore on, experiencing sporadic rainfall that benefitted these late-ripening varieties.
This wine was fermented at controlled temperatures of 16°C in stainless steel vats for two weeks to preserve its freshness.
Brilliant pale straw yellow. Fragrant, with floral orange blossom, delicate nuances of exotic fruit and a note of apple jam. It is smooth and exquisitely luscious on the palate, leaving a subtle honeyed trace.
This wine is sublime with seafood appetizers, fish and pâté. It is also well worth trying with Asian food.