|Style||Dry, Red, Full Bodied, Red Fruit, Floral, Herbaceous, Balanced,|
|Dietary||Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable, Practising Organic|
Altos Las Hormigas 'Terroir' Uco Valley Malbec is a bold and nuanced red wine. Its intense ruby red colour complements its bouquet of sweet cherries, cranberries, fresh figs and hints of violet. On the palate, the harmony of bright red fruit and floral nuances is complemented by crisp acidity and round tannins for a long, fresh finish. Enjoy with Mediterranean cuisine and red meats.
About the Producer
Altos Las Hormigas is based in Luján de Cuyo, the first 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 88 hectares with 56 in production.
Vineyard and Winery
Fruit is sourced from the oldest part of the Uco Valley – vineyards in the sub-region of La Consulta and two areas in Tupungato. The soils are gravelly and alluvial. Vines are planted at high density to balance growth in low vigour, nutrient-poor soils and the grapes are hand harvested.
Grapes from different vineyards were vinified separately before being blended together. The grapes went through a vigorous selection process on a double selection table before being gently pressed. Indigenous yeasts began the fermentation which lasted 12 days and took place in stainless steel tanks at 24-28ºC. The wine was aged for 18 months before being bottled, 25% in large oak foudres and 75% in concrete. The wine was then aged for a further six months in bottle before release.
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