ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS MALBEC RESERVE 2017
Uco Valley, Mendoza
Spice, white and pink pepper, violets, graphite and pencil shavings with red fruit, wild berries, and underbrush characterize this Malbec Reserve 2017. Complex, long, and multilayered, it is a wine difficult to define as it keeps changing and evolving in the glass. It comes from high altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley, and limestone derivate soils that show fine grain textured tannins that linger in the mouth, while the last sensation of the wine remains for a long time in the palate.
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 22 months in 3,500 liters foudres of unroasted french oak, and then spent 12 months in the bottle.
TERROIR & SOIL STRUCTURE
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.
James Suckling – “Dense, black and sour cherries, as well as fresh damsons with a nice, spicy note. Very refreshing acidity encompasses crunchy sour cherries and juicy plums, all framed in a tight structure. Firm, silky tannins. An uncompromising malbec with character. Drink or hold.” (93 Pts)
Vinous – “Medium ruby. Enticing aromas of dark berries, bitter chocolate, violet and black olive. Juicy, firm and gripping; not a fleshy wine but boasts excellent calcaire energy (the fruit comes from Paraje Altamira and Gualtallary). Already expressive but this wine really needs another year or so to open fully. Finishes with a firm tannic spine and saline and herbal nuances. A very nicely made newer style of Argentina Malbec, from fruit picked for freshness. (aged for 18 months in large used French oak foudres)” (90 Pts)