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Altos las Hormigas Reserve Malbec 2011

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Producer: "The Altos Estate was founded in 1995, and is now owned by a group of Italian wine professionals. Winemakers Alberto Antonini and Attilio Pagli focus specifically on Bonarda and Malbec varietals. The grapes are hand picked in vineyards located in La Consulta and Vista Flores in the Uco Valley; and Vistalba, Perdriel and Las Compuertas in Lujan de Cuyo. Yield: 7 ton/ha -14,5 Hl/Acre." "Altos Las Hormigas was conceived in 1995, successively followed by their first bottling in 2007. Located in Lujan de Cayo, Mendoza, Argentina this is a venture that speaks Spanish with an Italian accent. The founders of Altos recognized the enormous potential and exciting challenge of old vine Malbec grown in the warm climate of Mendoza and aimed to craft supple, deeply fruited and concentrated wines. Lujan de Cayo, Argentina's first designated appellation-in 1993, is particularly adaptable for vineyards. Altos' vineyards, located at approximately 800m above sea level, with sufficient access to water from the nearby Andes and moderate summer rainfall help Malbec thrive in this region. In addition to their range of classico to single vineyard Malbecs Altos also produces a Bonarda. This Italian grape variety from Piedmont and the Oltrepo-Pavese region has enjoyed much greater success in the rich soils and generous climate of Argentina." - Importer

Region: Argentina » Uco Valley

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Color: Red
Varietal: Malbec
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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

Producer: "The Altos Estate was founded in 1995, and is now owned by a group of Italian wine professionals. Winemakers Alberto Antonini and Attilio Pagli focus specifically on Bonarda and Malbec varietals. The grapes are hand picked in vineyards located in La Consulta and Vista Flores in the Uco Valley; and Vistalba, Perdriel and Las Compuertas in Lujan de Cuyo. Yield: 7 ton/ha -14,5 Hl/Acre." "Altos Las Hormigas was conceived in 1995, successively followed by their first bottling in 2007. Located in Lujan de Cayo, Mendoza, Argentina this is a venture that speaks Spanish with an Italian accent. The founders of Altos recognized the enormous potential and exciting challenge of old vine Malbec grown in the warm climate of Mendoza and aimed to craft supple, deeply fruited and concentrated wines. Lujan de Cayo, Argentina's first designated appellation-in 1993, is particularly adaptable for vineyards. Altos' vineyards, located at approximately 800m above sea level, with sufficient access to water from the nearby Andes and moderate summer rainfall help Malbec thrive in this region. In addition to their range of classico to single vineyard Malbecs Altos also produces a Bonarda. This Italian grape variety from Piedmont and the Oltrepo-Pavese region has enjoyed much greater success in the rich soils and generous climate of Argentina." - Importer

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