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Altos de las Hormigas Malbec Reserva 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. The destemmed and softly pressed grapes go into small stainless steel tanks for 5 days at 10°c, for cold maceration. Alcoholic fermentation then begins using native yeasts whilst cap management is conducted with systematic rack-and-returns. The time between crushing and pressing is approximately 20 days. Immediately after malolactic fermentation the wine goes in to tight grain French oak barrels for 18 months of ageing. The extended barrel ageing gives the wine its finesse and complexity.

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Altos las Hormigas:
The property is situated in the township of Lujan de Cuyo, on a gentle slope at about 800 meters above sea level, facing the Andes range in the East, protected westward by a minor geological fold. The estate's total area is 206 hectares, 45 of which planted. The only varietal planted is Malbec, clones are obtained from careful field selection. The vineyards have a density of over 4,000 p... Read more
The property is situated in the township of Lujan de Cuyo, on a gentle slope at about 800 meters above sea level, facing the Andes range in the East, protected westward by a minor geological fold. The estate's total area is 206 hectares, 45 of which planted. The only varietal planted is Malbec, clones are obtained from careful field selection. The vineyards have a density of over 4,000 plants per hectare, and were planted between 1996 and 1999, free of root stock and raised with the guyot method. At the heart of the property stands the 2,000 square meter cellar with its capacity for 16,000 hectolitres plus approximately 900 hectolitre capacity in small oak. Completed in 2001, the cellar was designed to have minimal impact on the territory, respecting the local traditional architecture. Inside, however, it is designed to achieve the very best technical conditions, such as temperature control, hygienic impeccability and a streamlined functionality with respect to all wine making processes. Indeed, sobriety and functionality have been our guidelines in every respect. Read less

External Reviews for Altos de las Hormigas Malbec Reserva

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A dark, lush style, with a dense core of plum sauce and crushed blackberry fruit laid over velvety tannins. The long, toast- and black licorice-filled finish carries some heft, but stays nicely balanced. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A selection of three small vineyards planted in the late twenties in Vistalba, Perdriel and La Consulta, this shows the heights malbec can reach in the Andes foothills. Rich and dense without being over extracted, full of graphite and black cherry aromas, its structure is solid as a wall but flexible enough to let the fruit express itselfmdash;a lovely curtain of violets, currants and black pepper. Open with venison in a red wine reduction, or save for two or three years to see how it can evolve.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Dark and ripe, but intense and vivid, with melted licorice, graphite, plum confiture and freshly crushed boysenberry fruit all pumping through the lengthy finish. Therersquo;s real solid grip as well. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Closed and tight when first poured, this opens to pure cherry and raspberry flavors, while the firm tannins and fresh acidity mark the outlines of its fleshy body. To catch all the freshness, open it now with a fried eggplant sandwich.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Serious juice, with deep, vivid purple color, loads of plum, boysenberry and blackberry fruit, extra layers of meat, mineral and toast, and a terrific velvety texture despite the dense, muscular tannins. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Terrific nose of freshly crushed plum and blueberry, followed by an authoritative palate of fig, blackberry, tar, espresso and mineral. Muscular back end, with chocolate and loam-flavored tannins driving the finish. Should gain more nuance with cellaring. Best from 2006 through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Since their first vintage in 1997, winemakers Alberto Antonini and Attilio Pagli, two of four Italian partners who run this winery, have produced some of the best and best-priced reds from Mendoza. The reserva is the top of their line and the 2002 culminates a string of impressive showings. This muscular, ultraripe Malbec shows levels of complexity not achieved in previous vintages.


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Tasting Notes:

Deep colour, with a brilliant purple rim. An intense nose, with a fine, floral perfume alongside the ripe red fruit. There are hints of undergrowth, graphite and smoked walnut too. The palate is rich and mouthfilling, with smooth tannins that support the wine well. On the finish, alongside the floral and fruit flavours, mineral complexity lingers. To drink from 2012 to 2018.

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. The destemmed and softly pressed grapes go into small stainless steel tanks for 5 days at 10°c, for cold maceration. Alcoholic fermentation then begins using native yeasts whilst cap management is conducted with systematic rack-and-returns. The time between crushing and pressing is approximately 20 days. Immediately after malolactic fermentation the wine goes in to tight grain French oak barrels for 18 months of ageing. The extended barrel ageing gives the wine its finesse and complexity.

Dietary Information: All-Natural

6500 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 50% New, 50% Second Use

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 2.23 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.78 grams per liter

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