Altos Las Hormigas is based in Luján de Cuyo the only officially recognised appellation in Mendoza and one of the region's premier vine growing areas.
The estate is known as a Malbec specialist with a reputation as one of the country's top five producers of this particular variety. Alberto Antonini and fellow Tuscan Antonio Morescalchi were so impressed with the vineyards in the area around Mendoza following their first trip to Argentina in 1995 that they persuaded a few friends to join with them in buying this estate. The estate covers 216 hectares of which 40 were planted between 1996 and 1999
The grapes come from vineyards in the Valle de Uco and Medrano in Luján de Cuyo chosen for their similar characteristics in soil profile and low vigour. The vineyards are in the La Consulta Vistalba and Perdriel districts situated at 900-1000m above sea level. The climate here is semi-desert with hot days and cool nights which help the aromatic development of the grapes. The yield was 11 tonnes per hectare.
Grapes from different vineyards were vinified separately before the final blend. After a careful double sorting process the grapes were softly pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks between 24-28°C to promote maceration. During the fermentation process the must was pumped over three times a day for extraction with two rack-and-returns taking place in total one at the beginning and one at the end. The wine was then aged with new French and American oak inner staves.
Deep purple-red hues hint at a classic Mendoza Malbec. Delicate aromas of fresh black currant wild blackberry and notes of soft vanilla blend with a subtle toasted-oak finish. The palate displays characteristics of the excellent 2011 vintage: juicy elegant fruit soft tannins and a balanced structure.
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Name Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Country Argentina Region Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza ABV% 13.5% Vintage 2017 Grape Variety 100% Malbecm Size 750ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans, Sustainable