Mendoza Malbec Clasico

Luján de Cuyo

Altos Las Hormigas

Altos Las Hormigas is based in Luján de Cuyo, the only officially recognised...

appellation in Mendoza and one of the region's premium 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.

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Vineyards

The grapes come from vineyards in Medrano, Barrancas and Lulunta in Mendoza, situated at 900 -1,000 metres above sea level. The sites are chosen for their deep, fresh sandy loam soils that delay ripening and avoid hydric stress. 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.

Vintage Information

November and December 2014 and January 2015 saw very high temperatures in the vineyards, which accelerated the ripening process. Quick ripening can dramatically decrease the level of natural acidity in the fruit, as sugar levels rise. To avoid this, Altos Las Hormigas decided to harvest 15 days earlier than the established date. During a window of opportunity from mid-February to 23rd March, all the Malbec was picked, even from the cooler, higher altitude vineyards.

Vinification

Grapes from different vineyards were vinified separately before the final blend was assembled. After a careful double sorting process, the grapes were softly pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in order to express each of the selected vineyards. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks between 24-28°C for 10 days. Each tank is tasted three times a day to determine what is needed. The wine is then aged for 12 months in concrete vats.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby with a hint of blue on the rim. The nose displays traditional notes of red fruits, cherries and freshly picked plums. This wine is all about freshness - the palate is supple and juicy, with soft but structured tannins and a pleasant finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Malbec
Region Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
Winemaker Alberto Antonini / Attilio Pagli / Leonardo Erazo
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.25g/l
Wine pH 3.72