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 Medrano, Barrancas and Lulunta in Mendoza, situated at 900-1,000m above sea level. The climate here is semi-desert with hot days and cool nights which help the aromatic development of the grapes.
Grapes from different vineyards were vinified separately before the final blend. The wine was then aged for 12 months in concrete ‘piletas‘.
Bright, luminous ruby with delicate aromas of red fruit, strawberry and plum and a touch of exotic spice. The palate is full of juicy, elegant fruit, silky tannins and a balanced structure. The result is an honest, persistent Malbec with a lingering finish.
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