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2019 MALBEC, Reserve, Altos Las Hormigas. Uco Valley, Argentina

Bin:  507

Alcohol percentage:  13.5%

Area:

Uco Valley and Lujan de Cuyo are the two key quality regions within Mendoza and Uco is generally cooler, making a fresher style. Within Uco there are several sub-regions, of which Paraje Altamira is perhaps the most highly prized and I (JH) certainly find it the most consistent in producing modern, elegant wines with real freshness and purity.
The vineyards for this wine are at 1,200m, the soils stoney (with a lot of limestone) and low-yielding

Producer:

UK agent Liberty Wines: “Friends and business partners Alberto Antonini and Antonio Morescalchi have come a long way since they were impressed by Mendoza’s vineyards on their first visit in 1995. They have gone from being youthful interlopers to one of the country’s leading producers, as well as being pioneers of a more elegant style of Malbec.

Alberto and Antonio work very closely with Pedro Parra (widely regarded as the South American expert on soil and vineyard mapping) in order to identify the best locations to grow their grapes. Digging and probing each corner of Mendoza, they have discovered outstanding sites and aim to reveal their distinct characters through their wines.

A biodynamic approach in the vineyard, as well as minimal intervention in the winery – including indigenous yeasts, a move from oak to concrete for the Malbec Clásico as well as the use of large, neutral oak for ageing the Reserve and single vineyard wines – are practices dictated by Altos Las Hormigas’ philosophy to ensure the wine stays true to its place of origin. Their combined wealth of experience as a winemaking team, as well as their never-ending experimentation and desire to produce the best wines that Argentina can offer, has made Altos Las Hormigas a Malbec specialist, with a reputation as one of the country’s top producers of this variety.”

Old Bridge rating:

Alberto’s philosophy is all about purity. He is trying to make a different style of Malbec – not reliant on lush fruit and sweet oak. Sometimes this means the wines can be a touch lean – and certainly not friendly to traditional Malbec drinkers. But this is a triumphant success with concentration and depth allied to real elegance and finesse.

£33.00

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