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Altos Las Hormigas

Terroir 2016

100% Malbec

 

RSD 2,160

AWARDS

93 Points - Tim Atkin, MW (for 2015 Vintage)

92 Points - Guía Descorchados (for 2015 Vintage)
92 Points - Tim Atkin, MW (for 2014 Vintage)

90 Points - Robert Parker (for 2014 Vintage)

 

VINEYARD

100% Uco Valley. Grapes are harvested by hand from a blend of high density vineyards located in the sub region of La Consulta as well as two areas in Tupungato. These are gravelly, alluvial soils with abundant stones, but with limited active limestone presence.

 

VINTAGE

A cold and rainy spring was the debut of a season marked by low averages temperatures, very unusual for Mendoza standards. The cold spring made a difficult flowering period, and also berry set. The grapes were also affected by the rains, ripening at a much slower pace than previous vintages. The lower average temperature meant a delayed on harvesting time of about a month. It was a harvest with low yields, with losses of around 40%, but gaining in great quality and concentration on the wines. This fresher year was very favorable to the winery’s style: wines with freshness, balance, great character but also drinkability, and most certainly a sense of place. It was a harvest full of lessons, big but beautiful challenges and lots of learning… 2016 has been and will indeed be a memorable harvest.

 

WINEMAKING

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. The grapes are selected from a double selection table before going to small stainless steel tanks. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24-28°C for 12 days. Each tank is tasted three times a day to determine what is needed. 75% of this Malbec is aged in concrete pools for 12 months and 25% is aged in untoasted large oak foudres for 18 months. Ageing for 6 months in the bottle.

 

TASTING NOTES

The freshness of the Uco Valley invades this wine as it shows the ultimate expression of this special wine region in Mendoza. With an intense ruby red color, the nose is fruity and delivers some notes of violets. It has a medium-body palate underpinned by structured tannins, filled with flavors of ripe fruits. The finish is fresh, with a vertical mineral bouquet. It is ideal to pair with Mediterranean cuisine and red meats.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza

Alcohol: 13.2%
Acidity: 5.68 g/l
pH: 3.7
Residual Sugar: 1.70 g/l

Winemaker: Alberto Antonini

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Altos Las Hormigas
Reserve 2014
100% Malbec
 
RSD 3,655

AWARDS

93 Points - Tim Atkin, MW (for 2014 Vintage)

92 Points - James Suckling (for 2014 Vintage)

93 Points - Robert Parker (for 2014 Vintage)

17.5 Points - JancisRobinson.Com - Julia Harding, MW (for 2014 Vintage)

 

VINEYARD

Malbec is hand-picked from 100% calcareous soil of Uco Valley, limestones over alluvial deposits of the Tunuyan River in Altamira, the alluvial terrace of Arroyo Grande in Vista Flores, and the alluvial with calcareous highlands of Gualtallary. The terraces contain medium pebbles with occasional boulders covering calcium carbonate paste of around 7-10% active lime which contributes structure, texture and a long, impressive finish.

 

VINTAGE

The season began with severe frosts that lowered yields by 30%. November brought a few dry Zonda winds that challenged the flowering stage and lowered yields even more. December and January brought heatwaves and late summer rains and lowered temperatures moved into the region just before harvest. In three weeks the region received levels equivalent to two years’ worth of rain; therefore grapes harvested prior to mildew or rot setting in were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and fine tannins.

 

WINEMAKING

Grapes were harvested by hand with delicate and conscious bunch selection. During fermentation, pigeage and a very gentle treatment were used on the cap to avoid over extraction. The juice fermented using native yeast, with no corrections of tartaric acid. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr un-toasted foudres for 18 months, and six months in the bottle. There was a coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure no interference with the quality of the wine.

 

TASTING NOTES

Complexity and a very present local character. The mountains, the altitude and the limestone soils grant this Malbec diverse layers. It is worth giving the wine some time so they slowly unveil. The presence of limestone soils in the Uco Valley is profoundly noticeable in this wine. The combination of mineral character, freshness and very fine grain tannins, present and structured, with a nice length and a chalky sensation on the palate take this Malbec to the next level, the mineral dimension.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Closure: Natural Cork
Alcohol: 14.2%
Acidity: 5.15 g/l
pH: 3.9

Winemaker: Alberto Antonini

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Altos Las Hormigas
Reserve 2018
100% Malbec
 
RSD 3,300

AWARDS

94 Points - Descorchados (for 2018 Vintage)

91 Points - James Suckling (for 2018 Vintage)

93 Points - Tim Atkin, MW (for 2018 Vintage)

 

​VINEYARD

Grapes from vineyards on calcareous soils located in the Uco Valley, in the alluvial deposits of the Tunuyán River in Paraje Altamira and in the high and alluvial zone of Gualtallary.

These terraces have medium and large gravels, covered with calcium carbonate paste, which contributes to the structure, texture, and aftertaste of the wine.

 

VINTAGE

In the months previous to the harvest the changing seasons brought quite variable weather. Spring kept us on our toes, with small pockets of frost lowering yields in the higher altitude vineyards, notably in the cool Paraje Altamira area of the Uco Valley. Some of the early days of summer reached temperatures of up to 40°C (104°F). However the climate conditions during the harvest were immensely favorable, 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.

 

WINEMAKING

100% Malbec grapes harvested by hand, selecting the bunches with care. During the fermentation, a very delicate treatment was given on the cap to avoid over-extraction. The juice fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged for 18 months in 3,500 liters untoasted, French oak foudres, and then spent 12 months in the bottle.

 

TASTING NOTES

Made with selected grapes from vineyards located in the highlands of the Uco Valley; the vines are rooted in limestone soils that grant this Malbec its mineral notes. On the nose, it also shows notes of white pepper, graphite, and red and black fruits. As it spends time in the glass, it unfolds its true character, complex and multilayered. It is fresh in the mouth, with fine-grained tannins and a spicy finish. Its intensity is revealed in its concentrated flavors that remain for a long time in the palate.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza

Closure: DIAM 30

Alcohol: 13.9%

Acidity: 5.25 g/l

pH: 3.7

Residual Sugar: 2.0 g/l

Winemaker: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo

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Altos Las Hormigas

Vista Flores 2013

100% Malbec

 

RSD 5,240

AWARDS

96 points - Tim Atkin, MW 

93 points - Robert Parker

90 points - Stephen Tanzer 

 

VINEYARD

100% of this Malbec stems from the alluvial terrace of Vista Flores, lying at 1,150 meters above sea level. There, limestones covered pebbles and gravels occupy 80% of the soil volume, granting to the wine elegance and minerality. 5% of clay in the fine matrix allow Malbec to express luscious fruit flavors, as well as a characteristic potency on the palate. A distinct potential which we aim to convey through this wine. Yield: 5.5 To/Ha.

 

VINTAGE

The lack of spring rains and the absence of extensive frosts allowed a very good blooming of the vines, while hail damages – a constant threat for high altitude vineyards – were negligible. The growing season has been uneven, starting with high temperatures and becoming cooler later on. The heat came back before the beginning of the harvest, but then a cold wave hit Mendoza at the middle of March, resulting in a slow maturation. Therefore grapes were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and fine tannins.

 

WINEMAKING

The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity into small stainless steel tanks for pre-fermentation maceration at 5°C for 7 days. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24°C for 15 days. In order to maintain careful, gentle handling, pumping is not used; the cap is rotated by manual pigeage throughout the fermentation, and once this is completed, post-fermentation maceration begins for 4 days. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted Foudres for 18 months, and 12 months in the bottle. There was a coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure no interference with the quality of the wine.

 

TASTING NOTES

A complex and perfect expression of Malbec. This wine is inky in color, nearly black. The bouquet fills your nose with red, black and blue fruit, lavender, roasted meat and forest vegetation. The round, full mouthfeel adds layers of fruit and minerality. A big, but not fat wine, the acid and tannins are perfectly balanced and structured. There is quite a bit of minerality on the long finish, while remaining juicy and not overly dry.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Alcohol: 14.5%
Acidity: 5.0 g/l
pH: 3.79
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Winemaker: Alberto Antonini

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Altos Las Hormigas

Gualtallary 2014

100% Malbec

 

RSD 6,335

AWARDS

97 Points - Decanter Magazine (Best Malbecs of Argentina) - (for 2014 Vintage)

96 Points - DESCORCHADOS - (for 2014 Vintage)

95 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate - (for 2014 Vintage)

94 Points - VINOUS Stephen Tanzer - (for 2014 Vintage)

17,5++ points - Jancis Robinson.com, Julia Harding, MW - (for 2014 Vintage)

VINEYARD

100% of this Malbec stems from the loamy soils of Gualtallary, lying at 1,300 meters above sea level. There, limestones covered pebbles and gravels occupy 50-60% of the soil volume, with a high percentage of free calcium carbonate in the profile granting to the wine a chalky, fresh minerality. 3% of clay in the fine matrix allow Malbec to express fresh fruit flavors, for a strong but well-integrated roundness on the palate.

 

VINTAGE

The lack of spring rains and the absence of extensive frosts allowed a very good blooming of the vines, while hail damages – a constant threat for high altitude vineyards – were negligible. The growing season has been uneven, starting with high temperatures and becoming cooler later on. The heat came back before the beginning of the harvest, but then a cold wave hit Mendoza at the middle of March, resulting in a slow maturation. Therefore grapes were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and fine tannins.

 

WINEMAKING

The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity into small stainless steel tanks for pre-fermentation maceration at 5°C for 7 days. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24°C for 15 days. In order to maintain careful, gentle handling, pumping is not used; the cap is rotated by manual pigeage throughout the fermentation, and once this is completed, post-fermentation maceration begins for 4 days. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted Foudres for 18 months, and 12 months in the bottle. There was a coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure no interference with the quality of the wine.

 

TASTING NOTES

This is a WOW wine that tantalizes the senses. A luminous, deep ruby Malbec with specks of blue and purple, the nose will pour out of your glass with notes of olives, dark fruit, black pepper, nutmeg and thyme. The palate confirms the nose, but give way to a layer of bright red fruit. The backbone of this wine is strong, with well-integrated acid and tannin structure. There seems to be no end to this wines finish. It is long with fresh, chalky tannins. Amazing aging potential.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Alcohol: 14.5%
Acidity: 5.1 g/l
pH: 3.7
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Winemaker: Alberto Antonini

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Altos Las Hormigas
Gualtallary 2018
100% Malbec
 
RSD 6,480

AWARDS

97 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate - (for 2018 Vintage)

96 Points - DESCORCHADOS - (for 2018 Vintage)

96 Points - Tim Atkin, MW - (for 2018 Vintage)

94 Points - James Suckling - (for 2018 Vintage)

 

VINEYARD

​100% of this Malbec stems from the loamy soils of Gualtallary, lying at 1,300 meters above sea level. The soil presents limestone covered pebbles and gravels that occupy 50-70% of the soil volume, with a high percentage of free calcium carbonate in the profile granting to the wine a chalky, fresh minerality.

VINTAGE

In the months previous to the harvest the changing seasons brought quite variable weather. Spring kept us on our toes, with small pockets of frost lowering yields in the higher altitude vineyards, notably in the cool Paraje Altamira area of the Uco Valley. Some of the early days of summer reached temperatures of up to 40°C (104°F). However, the climate conditions during the harvest were immensely favorable, 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.

 

WINEMAKING

The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity into small concrete tanks. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24ºC for 15 days. In order to maintain a careful, gentle handling, pumping is not used; the cap is rotated by manual pigeage throughout the fermentation. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted foudres for 18 months, and 12 months in the bottle. There was a coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure no interference with the quality of the wine.

 

TASTING NOTES

This wine comes from a vineyard with its roots in communion with caliche (calcium carbonate conglomerate) which grants a special mineral salinity to this Gualtallary Malbec. On the first approach in the nose, it is quite austere, but patience is rewarded with notes of rosemary, lavender, and graphite. It shows the structure and intensity that is a feature of Malbecs from this area in the Uco Valley, with a fresh palate, fine-grained tannins, and a long and delightful length.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza

Closure: DIAM 30
Alcohol: 13.9%
Acidity: 5.33 g/l
pH: 3.7
Residual Sugar: 1.89 g/l

Winemaker: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo

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Altos Las Hormigas
TINTO 2017
48% Bonarda, 45% Malbec, 7% Semillion
 
RSD 1,470

Kupiti

AWARDS

90 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate - (for 2017 Vintage)

90 Points - James Suckling - (for 2017 Vintage)

 

VINEYARD

Grapes come mainly from vineyards in Luján de Cuyo and Medrano in a smaller percentage. The region has a semi-desert climate with hot days and cool nights. We choose fresh soils, with good water drainage and a fine silt-sandy texture. These soils allow a deep development of the roots, since their water retention capacity is great for the roots to expand and give the plants a better ability to resist heat waves, which are common during the summer in Mendoza. In this climate we avoid soils with abundant superficial gravels, which increase the warming effect around the vine and might shorten the ripening season.

VINTAGE

The climate transition from “El Niño” to “La Niña” pushed temperatures creating heat waves during most of January. Following our belief in early harvest we started picking up our grapes on February the 15th. The weather during harvest was very favorable, unaffected by hail storms or frosting. Low yields where again a feature of this harvest that naturally improved the quality of the grapes, which are more concentrated and flavorful. 2017 will be very likely a collectors vintage, scarce and of the highest quality.

 

WINEMAKING

A blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Semillon grapes, harvested by hand. Careful, double sorting process, before fermentation. Malbec and Semillon grapes are co-fermented, while Bonarda is vinified separately before the final blend. Fermentation takes place in separate stainless steel tanks, at a temperature between 24-28°C, for 10 days. Only indigenous yeasts are involved in the process. Each tank is tasted three times a day to determine what is needed. The wine is then aged for a minimum of 9 months in concrete vats. No oak aging.

 

TASTING NOTES

Our continuous search for the expression of Mendoza’s true identity in our wines has led us to elaborate, for the first time, a blend of three grapes: Malbec, Bonarda and Semillon. These three varieties are recognized by the Argentine wine community for their long history in the region and we believe they are now authentic Mendoza grapes. This wine has a bright and attractive red color. On the nose, aromas of red fruits and spices prevail, but it also shows subtle citric notes, like fresh tangerine rind. The palate is round with a silky texture and concentrated flavors, an easy-to-drink wine. The finish is linear and refreshing, with a smooth and inviting acidity. This blend is a great pairing with Mediterranean cuisine, eggplant and tomato dishes; and it can also be enjoyed by itself.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza

Closure: DIAM Cork
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 5.16 g/l
pH: 3.6
Residual Sugar: 1.89 g/l

Winemaker: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo