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Altos Las Hormigas, Appellation Gualtallary Valle de Uco Malbec 2018 (1x75cl)

Country: Argentina
Region: Mendoza
Grape Variety: Malbec
Vegan: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13.5%
Availability:2 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm
No further stock available
Product Code: AGMD0313B18S
£38.10

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2021 edition panel test of Premium Argentinian Malbecs (see blue link below for the review).

Altos Las Hormigas, Appellation Gualtallary Valle de Uco Malbec 2018 - October 2021 Decanter review

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2021 edition panel test of Premium Argentinian Malbecs (see blue link below for the review).

Altos Las Hormigas, Appellation Gualtallary Valle de Uco Malbec 2018 - October 2021 Decanter review

The 2014 vintage was awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition's "Steven Spurrier's Fine Wine World" (see blue link below).

Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Gualtallary Valle De Uco Malbec 2014 - August 2018 Decanter review

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 88 hectares with 56 in production.

100% of this Malbec was grown on the loamy soils of Gualtallary, lying at 1,300 metres above sea level. There, limestone-covered pebbles and gravels occupy 50-60% of the soil volume, with a high percentage of free calcium carbonate giving the wine a chalky, fresh minerality. A small percentage of clay (3%) allows the Malbec to express fresh fruit flavours.

In the months leading up to harvest, the changing seasons brought quite variable weather. Some of the early days of summer reached temperatures of up to 40°C. However, the climate conditions during the harvest were immensely favourable, with very little rain, allowing the team to pick the grapes according to schedule. Regionally, 2018 came close to “normal” grape volumes, with balanced yields and healthy grapes of excellent quality and good concentration. This was truly a fantastic vintage.

The grapes went through a double selection process and into small stainless steel tanks for pre-fermentation maceration at 5°C for seven days. The alcoholic fermentation began with indigenous yeasts at 24°C and continued for 15 days. In total, the wine spent three weeks on its skins. Pumping over was not carried out in order to minimise over-extraction of grape skin compounds. Instead, the cap was rotated by manual pigeage (punching down) throughout the fermentation. Once this was completed, post-fermentation maceration began for four days. The wine was matured in 3,500 litre untoasted foudres for 18 months followed by 12 months in bottle.

100% Malbec.

See also the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Gualtallary Valle De Uco Malbec 2018 - fiche technique

This wine is violet red in colour, with dark reflections. On the nose, there are notes of stewed plum and cherries, followed by layers of spice and herbs. The fruit is concentrated, intensifying through the mid-palate to the finish. The firm-grained tannins and calcareous soils build a firm but balanced structure on the palate, with elegant minerality and a long finish

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.