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Altos Las Hormigas Malbec

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Critic Score
88/100
User Rating
3.5 Stars
Producer
Altos Las Hormigas
Alcohol %
0.137
Size
750ml
Region
Mendoza, Argentina
Critic Scores & User Ratings are based on an aggregated international Global Wine Score (GWS).
Altos Las Hormigas Malbec - Item Code: 08224

Extremely popular, the Argentine Malbec is a red wine, half hot and dry with a strong impression of dark fruits in the nose and sky. This wine tends to have softer tannins than its French counterpart. The freshness of the Uco Valley invades this wine, as it demonstrates the unmatched expression of this special wine region in Mendoza. With its rich ruby red color, its nose is fruity and produces some notes of violet. It has a medium physical, supported by structured tannins full of ripe fruit aromas. The finishing is fresh, with a vertical bouquet of minerals. Perfectly combined with Mediterranean cuisine and red meat.

In 1995, Alberto Antonini, a famous Tuscan winemaker, and Antonio Morescalchi, a young entrepreneur, set off on a trip to visit the rapidly developing wine regions of South America. It took just one stop to find what they were looking for. They were immediately impressed by the vineyards that flourished in the high altitude and dry climate of Mendoza, and fascinated by the whispering traditions and the mixture of cultures.

They returned to Tuscany under a strong impression not only of the region, but also of the untapped potential of the Malbec, a grape that had strong local traditions but was largely ignored and misunderstood. While the rest of the wine world has seen Mendoza struggle to ruin its wine image, two young Italians have seen Mendoza as a place where traditional viniculture values and impeccable land can be animated by a modern approach to viniculture and international expertise. Instead of planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as many others did in the 1990s, the team decided to invest their trust in Malbec. Today, Malbec is the variety for which Argentina is best known.

Critical Acclaim

92
Decanter
A bright and breezy Malbec from a terroir-driven winery, with fruit taken from vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley at an average of 1,000m. It's aged for 12 months in concrete vats to preserve the fruit purity, packed full of juicy, ripe raspberry and savoury plum with gentle hints of liquorice and spice.
91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The unoaked 2018 Malbec Cl?sico 2018 comes from a very good year, after 2013 and 2014, which were very difficult years, and 2015 and 2016 that saw lots of rain. According to winemaker Leo Erazo, it's the most complex wine to make because of the many different sources of grapes, growers and the volume they make. But they planted 22 hectares in 2012, so they use more of their own grapes; the wine now has some 30% of grapes from Valle de Uco, which is always a cooler region that is noticed in the wine, which is very balanced, harmonious and easy to drink. It has a dusty note and fine tannins; it's elegant and especially very drinkable.

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Malbec is a full-bodied, rich red wine with dark, intense notes. It has lovely black fruit tastes, as well as spice aromas and floral undertones on occasion. Malbec has varying degrees of complexity depending on the winemaker and the area where it is produced. Malbec is a wine with a rich purple hue and a substantial body. Malbec grapes are tiny, dark-colored, and have thick skins, resulting in a wine with rich fruity flavors and mild tannins. Malbec has a greater alcohol content than Merlot or Pinot Noir.

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