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Altos Las Hormigas - Malbec Appellation Altamira 2018 (750ml)


Price: $43.99

Quantity in Stock: 12+ bottles
Producer Altos Las Hormigas
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Varietal Malbec
Vintage 2018
Sku 0614500027
Size 750ml

Altos Las Hormigas Description

100% Malbec • Hand-picked • Native yeast fermentation • Aged in 3,500L untoasted foudre for 18 months and then an additional 12 months in bottle before release • No fining • 

Wine Advocate: 96 Points

The 2018 Malbec Appellation Altamira is a wine produced in search of the limestone expression of Paraje Altamira in a year they deemed more normal than previous ones despite early frost in the zone that lowered yields and a heat wave in the beginning of the summer, but February was optimal and without rain, and they picked grapes with full ripeness and aromatic and flavor components and good natural acidity, avoiding over-ripeness. The wine, fermented in concrete with indigenous yeasts and matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 18 months, resulted in 13.6% alcohol and good freshness… The grapes were sourced from alluvial terraces at 1,200 meters in altitude. The terraces were created by the Tunuyán River, where there is 85% stones and gravel covered by limestone and some silt and sand that provide red fruit freshness and a delicate and elegant balance. It's floral and gentle, with the mild effect of the big rocks in the wines, medium-bodied, with energy and some lightness from plants that tend to yield well.” (Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate 96 Points)

Vinous: 91 Points

Appellation Paraje Altamira explores the more austere side of Malbec. It was harvested quite early and aged in foudres. The nose offers violet, thyme and blackberry as part of a markedly reductive profile. Juicy on the palate with fine tannins, chalk and a restrained feel; the freshness is key. Persistent with an herbal profile. Regular drinkers of Malbec might well be caught unawares: this is a statement wine.

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