Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Altamira Malbec 2019
Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Bottle size: 75cl
Notes: Vegetarian; Vegan; Practising Organic
A fantastic vintage for the `Appellation Altamira` Malbec, which shows as much complexity, concentration, and texture as this appellation can deliver. Deep ruby red in colour with violet hues, the nose is intense and elegant, showing layers of black cherry and plum alongside herbal notes of eucalyptus and a touch of minerality. On the palate it is juicy and fresh with fine tannins providing structure. A graceful, deep and structured wine with considerable length.
The grapes are sourced from the alluvial terrace of Altamira, lying at 1,200 metres above sea level. Limestone covered pebbles and gravels occupy 85% of the soil volume, providing elegance and minerality in the wines. 3% of clay in the fine matrix allows the Malbec to express fresh red fruit flavours, as well as a delicate and elegant roundness on the palate.
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.