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Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 750ML 2013
Sku: 22649
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Product Information
Country: Argentina
Region: Cuyo
Sub-Region: Mendoza
Grape Varietal: Malbec
Type: Still wine
Reg. $12.99
On Sale $10.99
Buy Altos Las Hormigas Malbec
Violet vivid colour, truly varietal nose, with notes of cherry and blackberry, that come out clear and intense. Its true character lies in the palate impression, where structure, freshness and persistence combine giving a very pleasant harmony.
Wine Advocate 87 points - So let’s start with the 2013 Malbec Clasico, a fresh, unoaked Malbec from Medrano in Lujan de Cuyo, with a bright ruby color and notes of red fruit, and piercing acidity. Pleasant, highly drinkable and enjoyable. One for the table. Only 13.7% alcohol, which is quite remarkable for a relatively warm region. Around one million bottles produced. Superb value. Drink now. (Apr 2014)

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Wine maker notes
2007 Vintage was defined by a fresh and slightly humid climate, compared with Mendoza standards, therefore its characters are in a way more close to those produced by a Continental climate. Such season has slowed sugar ripening to the advantage of Fenols, which have evolved to their full expression.

Technical notes
Founded in 1995, owned by eclectical group of Italian wine professionals. Focused on production of Malbec and Bonarda. 100 % Malbec grapes harvested in March and early April. 25% from Medrano vineyards, 60% from grapes from the Consulta, Vista Flores and Eugenio Bustos, in Valle de Uco area. The remaining grapes from Perdriel and Vistalba, districts in Lujn de Cuyo. Yield: 8 ton/ha 19 Hl/Acre.

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Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend.The destemmed and softly pressed grapes are vinified in stainless steel vats at 28 Celsius. 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 30.000 lt stainless tank during 3 months, only 2 year of use for insertstaves.

In 1995 Alberto Antonini, a well-known Tuscan winemaker, and Antonio Morescalchi, a young entrepreneur, took a trip to visit the burgeoning wine areas of South America. It only took one stop to find what they were looking for. They were immediately impressed by the vineyards thriving in the high altitude and dry climate of Mendoza, and were captivated by the whispered traditions and blend of cultures. They returned to Tuscany powerfully impressed not only by the region, but also by the unexplored potential of Malbec, a grape that had a strong local tradition but was largely ignored and misunderstood. While the rest of the wine world saw Mendoza struggling to shed its bulk wine image, the two young Italians saw Mendoza as a place where traditional viticultural values and unblemished land could be reinvigorated with a modern winemaking approach and international experience. Instead of planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as many others were doing during the 1990s, the team decided to invest their confidence in Malbec. Today, Malbec is the varietal for which Argentina is best known. Against all odds they cemented their vision to become Terroir Specialists Shortly after, two friends and business partners, also enthused by the idea, joined the venture: Attilio Pagli, a renowned Tuscan winemaker with two 100 point-scoring wines in his personal record and Carlos Vazquez, an Argentine Agronomist, who work for 20 years with the early Catena group, planting new varieties, developing previously unknown vineyard sites and contributing greatly to the qualitative change of Argentine viticulture early on.

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