Malbec, ‘Appellation Altamira’, Altos Las Hormigas
This Malbec grows in the alluvial terrace of Altamira, lying at 1,200 meters above sea level, where limestone covered pebbles and gravels occupy 85% of the soil volume, granting to the wine elegance and minerality. 3% of clay in the fine matrix allow Malbec to express fresh red fruit flavors, as well as a delicate and elegant roundness on the palate.
The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity into small stainless steel tanks for pre-fermentation maceration at 5°C for 7 days. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24°C for 15 days. In order to maintain careful, gentle handling, pumping is not used; the cap is rotated by manual pigeage throughout the fermentation, and once this is completed, post-fermentation maceration begins for 4 days. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted Foudres for 18 months, and 12 further months in the bottle.
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Elegant is the best way to describe this wine. Like a ballet dancer, full of strength and muscle – but linear, graceful and delicate. Deep ruby with hints
of purple, with a captivating nose of freshly picked fruit, crisp plums, and fields of wild flowers. This Malbec dances on your palate, with round, silky, elegant tannins. The finish is long and complex, drawing you in for the next sip.
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Press & Reviews
Seeing the differences between the Appellation Malbecs in 2013 is splitting hairs. The 2013 Malbec Appellation Altamira is sourced from the alluvial terraces of the Tunuyán River in Altamira where the soils are very rich in calcium carbonate, the ideal for Altos las Hormigas in terms of elegance and minerality. The wine matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres, like all in this range. There's more peach here compared to the florals of the Gualtallary, and it feels a little less ripe than the Vista Flores. The palate is medium-bodied with good acidity and very fine tannins. It ends with a chalky minerality that sticks to your teeth. Great terroir Malbec at an incredible price. 5,532 bottles produced.