ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS MALBEC RESERVE 2015
Uco Valley, Mendoza
This wine is the clear expression of limestone soils in the Uco Valley. It has a deep ruby red color with violet hues; it is lively and attractive. The nose is complex, expressive and aromatic. This is a vertical Malbec with very fine grain tannins and velvety texture. The palate shows abundant ripe fruit notes and its oak aging only appears subtly in the finish. A long and persistent wine that will open in the glass.
The 2015 harvest was challenging. November, December and January had extremely high temperatures which accelerated the ripening process in the vineyards. These temperatures and quick ripening can dramatically decrease the level of natural acidity in the fruit, as sugar levels rise. In order to avoid this we decided to harvest from mid-February to March 23rd, picking up all the Malbec, even from the high altitude, cooler climates and vigorous soils.
100% Malbec grapes 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 yeasts. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted foudres for 22 months, and 12 months in the bottle.
TERROIR & SOIL STRUCTURE
Grapes from 100% calcareous soils in the Uco Valley; limestones over alluvial deposits of the Tunuyan River in Paraje Altamira and the alluvial with calcareous highlands of Gualtallary. The terraces contain medium pebbles with occasional boulders, covered with calcium carbonate paste of around 7-10% active lime, which contributes to the wine’s structure, texture and long, impressive finish.
Total Acidity: 5.7 g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.83 g/l
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Vineyard Manager: Juan José Borgnia
Wine Advocate – “The 2015 Malbec Reserve was produced with grapes from limestone-rich soils in Altamira and Gualtallary. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in untoasted 3,500-liter oak foudres for 22 months. This is always a serious and mineral wine, a Malbec that overdelivers, especially in a cool year like this, with the verticality from Gualtallary that is the majority of the blend. It’s like an upgraded version of the Terroir Valle de Uco bottling, even if it’s from a slightly riper year. But Altos Las Hormigas is one of the first to harvest in Mendoza. The price is just unbelievable. 28,167 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2017.” (94 Pts)