Altos las Hormigas 'Reserva' Malbec 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes from different plots are vinified separately before the final blend. The destemmed and softly pressed grapes go into small stainless steel tanks for 2 days at 10°c, for cold maceration. Alcoholic fermentation then begins using native yeasts whilst cap management is conducted with rack-and-returns. The time between crushing and pressing is approximately 20 days. Immediately after malolactic fermentation the wine moves to tight grain, French oak barrels (50% new, 50% second use) for 18 months.

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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
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External Reviews for Altos las Hormigas 'Reserva' Malbec

External Review
Source: Bowery And Vine
02/05/2013

Velvety with classic structure and deep lingering flavors.


External Review
Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
10/17/2013

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! Altos Las Hormigas Website



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Tasting Notes:

A brilliant, purple-red Malbec with an enticing nose of flowers, ripe red and black fruits mixed with subtle notes of graphite and flint stone. The complexity of the nose develops further with time and air. The palate is creamy, almost greedy with satisfying volume and softness. Fresh, juicy red fruit in the mouth confirms the first impression on the nose. Round, firm tannins, a backbone of well-integrated acidity and bright fruit present a complex and balanced wine. The complexity has developed greatly by ageing in barrel. This multi-layered wine benefits greatly from decanting an hour before drinking. The wine will continue to evolve for 7 to 10 years if well maintained.

Grapes from different plots are vinified separately before the final blend. The destemmed and softly pressed grapes go into small stainless steel tanks for 2 days at 10°c, for cold maceration. Alcoholic fermentation then begins using native yeasts whilst cap management is conducted with rack-and-returns. The time between crushing and pressing is approximately 20 days. Immediately after malolactic fermentation the wine moves to tight grain, French oak barrels (50% new, 50% second use) for 18 months.

Dietary Information: All-Natural

6500 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 50% New, 50% Second Use.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 2.90 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.4 grams per liter

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