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Miguel Torres

What link exists between wine and corporate social responsibility? To grow grapes and make wine pollutes. Water and air pollution are side effects of wine making through pesticide and insecticide residues, CO2 rejects, and so forth. Two types of attitudes are possible in the face of such pollution: accept or minimize it. Torres’ example is sufficiently rare to be mentioned: they use renewable energy and implement numerous initiatives to reduce dramatically their carbon footprint.
First comes 12,000 square meters of photovoltaic panels to generate up to 15% of its electricity. Then Torres has an active participation into a wind farm project in addition to heating its own water also thanks to solar panels. Its fleet is either hybrid or fully electric and CO2 emissions are recycled through seaweed beds. Water is treated and recycled throughout the winery.
Tracing its roots to Penedès in the north east of Spain in the 17th century, Torres is currently managed by the fourth generation. With vineyards in Spain, Chile, California and China, Torres is a model of tradition in modern times. Tradition calls for ancestral practices leading to quality in the vineyards and winery whereas modern times dictate efficient distribution systems and corporate social responsibility.
Torres, managed by its current president Miguel A. Torres has achieved world fame in 1979 when his Gran Coronas Black Label 1970 easily beat the likes of Chateau Latour and Haut-Brion at the Gault-Millau Wine Olympics in Paris in 1979. Ten years later, its Milmanda Chardonnay ranked third behind two Montrachets in a blind tasting of oak-fermented Chardonnays. Today, its Milmanda and Mas La Plana are firmly established as two world-class wines.
The Torres wines are available at Espanha Trading Co. LTD. Tel. Mr. Rod Foo at 28352965 or Maxxium Hong Kong Ltd. Tel Ms. Grace Yu at +852 2891 8086 or E-mail: grace.yu@maxxium.com

Torres Milmanda 2006
Appellation: DO Conca de Barberà
Year: 2006
Area:   Penedès, Spain
Type: 100% Chardonnay
Color/Style: Dry, Medium Body, 13,75% Alc.
Found at: Espanha Trading or Maxxium Hong Kong
Aging in French oak barrels for 10 months give this dry Chardonnay its vibrant lemony color. By using bâtonnage (lees stirring) during vinification, the resulting nose highlights buttery and creamy tones, aromatic bouquet of stone fruit such as white peach and also melon mixed with coconut notes complemented by sweet spices and truffles. Balanced acidity marks its palate as well as a rich mouth feel and an extremely long finish. This high-end and complex wine best matches rich seafood dishes with cream sauces or fish carpaccio. Can cellar up to 2012.
Torres Mas la Plana
Appellation: single vineyard Penedès
Year: 1997
Area: Penedès, Spain
Type: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Color: ruby, dry, full body, 13,5% Alc.
Found at: Espanha Trading or Maxxium Hong Kong
Signaling an evolution when compared with previous vintages, its color is more of a pronounced ruby with a touch of mahogany on the rim whereas its nose is a very complex basket of smells and aromas of cherries, blackberries, cranberries, truffles and exotic spices leading to a finale of tobacco, earth and cocoa beans. The palate is sumptuous, not overwhelming with silky smooth tannins, balanced acidity and a finish that goes on forever. This full body red will be best matched with delicately truffle scented sauces on red meats. Drink now or cellar up to 2015.

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