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Altos Las Hormigas is based in Luján de Cuyo which is one of the region’s premier vine growing areas. They are known as a Malbec specialist with a reputation as one of the country‘s top five producers of this variety, and were at the forefront of the revival of Malbec in Argentina in the 1990s, while many others were insistent on planting and vinifying Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Fruit is sourced from the oldest geological part of the Uco Valley – vineyards in the sub-region of La Consulta and two areas in Tupungato. The soils are composed of gravelly, alluvial soils abundant with stones. Vines are planted in a high density to balance vine growth in the low vigour, nutrient-poor soils.
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 a 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.