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 are harvested by hand from a blend of high density vineyards located in the Valle de Uco sub-regions of Vista Flores, Altamira and San Carlos. The soils are gravelly, with abundant stones
Grapes from different vineyards were vinified separately before the final blend. The grapes were selected from a double selection table and were gently pressed before the cold maceration process began in small stainless steel tanks for five days at 10ºC. The alcoholic fermentation began with indigenous yeasts at 24-28ºC for 12 days, with a long maceration. Three rack-and-returns took place during this time, together with three pump-overs each day, for the best extraction. 50% of this Malbec was aged unoaked in cement 'piletas' for 12 months, 25% in stainless steel vats, and the remaining 25% in untoasted large oak foudres.
This vivid ruby Malbec has a beautiful bouquet of sweet cherries, fresh cranberries, herbal tea and fresh figs. Crisp and round on the palate, the wine adds violet and mint nuances to the bright red fruit. The finish is fresh and long, maintaining a wonderful balance of acid and tannin structure.
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Name Altos Los Hormigas Malbec Terroir Country Argentina Region Valle de Uco, Mendoza ABV% 14% Vintage 2016 Grape Variety 100% Malbec Size 750ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans, Sustainable