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Altos las Hormigas Malbec Clásico

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There is every chance in the world that you have never tried Malbec. But if you have you’ll know just how good they can be, especially from Argentina. This is a big, bold, deeply flavoured wine which is given plenty of interest by a little savoury, South American style. The perfect introduction to what the Argies do so damn well, aside from football. 4 ticks and a smile.

Winemaker's Notes

This is our main production, deriving from grapes harvested at the end of March. The 100% hand-picked Malbec grapes are harvested in March and early April.

The wine is derived from grapes grown in characteristic soils specifically chosen for their similar profile and low vigour.

These include increasingly desirable areas in Valle de Uco (Vistaflores, Eugenio Bustos and Consulta 60%), Estate (30%), and Agrelo, Perdriel, Vistalba in Luján de Cuyo (10%). Yield: 8 ton/ha – 19 Hl/Acre.

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend.

The destemmed and softly pressed grapes are vinified in stainless steel vats at 28ºc. During the 15-day fermentation-maceration process the must is pumped over and punched down for optimal extraction.

Free run juice only. It is sold after three months of bottle age. Aging vessel: French and American oak insertstaves into 30.000lt stainless tanks for 3 months, only 2 years of use for insertstaves.

Deep, purple-red hues hint at a classic, Mendoza Malbec. Delicate aromas of fresh black currant, wild blackberry and notes of soft vanilla blend with a subtle toasted-oak finish. The palate displays characteristics of the excellent 2011 vintage: juicy, elegant fruit, soft tannins and a balanced structure. The result is an honest, persistent Malbec.

Altos Los Hermigas Reviews and Accolades

"Bright ruby-red. Currant, flowers and spices on the nose. A pure, spicy midweight with good density of material but an enticing light touch and good cut. This easygoing malbec is always a very good value."
88/100 - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

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Altos las Hormigas Malbec Clásico

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Matt Skinner (2008 Vintage) says
ALH was formed in 1995 by Tuscan winemaker Alberto Antonini and entrepreneur Antonio Morescalchi. Their mission: to re-interpret traditional terroirs and varieties using modern techniques. Besides offering incredible value for money, this malbec is delicious. It's sweet, dark and backward on the nose with smells of blood plum, licorice, mocha, and sweet spice, while in the mouth it is soft, sweet and plush with masses of generous sweet-berried fruit, firm, drying tannins and a balanced, drying finish. Drink it with lamb empanadas.
Matt Skinner's Wine Guide 2011
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
This is from an estate in Mendoza in Argentina and is an impressive, well-priced red: attractive blueberry flavours, silky smooth texture, very fine structure, delightfully approachable. It was reviewed last year and is still available. I tasted it again and it's in great condition. I especially like its dry finish
Quaff 2010 2009

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