Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserve Uco Valley 2014, Mendoza

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If you're looking for the very best in Argentinian Malbec, then this red wine is right up your street. Altos Las Hormigas have earned an enviable reputation for seeking out the top sites for Malbec, thanks to soil expert Pedro Parra. His detailed knowledge of Argentina's terroir ensures only the best grapes go into their wines.

The Uco Valley's unique conditions give Altos Las Hormigas' Reserve wine a flying start, particularly from a low-yielding vintage like 2014. They believe the limestone here gives Malbec another dimension, one with fresh, mineral character. Four different vineyard sites, careful, slow winemaking using natural yeasts, and 18 months ageing in big 3,500-litre Foudres barrels (untoasted so oak's in check), all contribute to the splendour of this outstanding Malbec wine.

Enjoy with a special meal now, or save as it improves over the next decade.

If you thought all Argentinian Malbec wines were simple, everyday styles of red wine here's the bottle to cause you to think again. A masterful balance between power and mineral savouriness, subtlety and ripeness
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Percentage Alcohol

14.2

Region

Mendoza

Grape Variety

Malbec

Country

Argentina

Style

ArrayFull-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2014

Food Match

ArrayBeef, Game Meats, Mediterranean

Vegan

Vegan

£32.50
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The Producer

In 1995 Tuscans Alberto Antonini and Antonio Morescalchi discovered the vineyards of Mendoza. Later they returned with friends, Pedro Parra, Attilio Pagli, and Leonardo Erazo to found Altos Las Hormigas with the aim of making top Argentinian wines.

The Altos Las Hormigas winery is based in the appellation of Luján de Cuyo, the only official region within Mendoza. They're Malbec specialists, and between the five friends draw upon the wine cultures of Italy, Argentina, Chile and California, with Pedro's unrivalled knowledge of terroir.

Winemaking

Winemaking is in the expert hands of Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli and Leonardo Erazo.
They believe that "Co-operation with nature is our creed as viticulturists, applying natural and biodynamic methods to enhance life in the soil, and health in the plants."

This Malbec is a collection of hand-harvested grapes from different vineyards which are fermented separately before the final blend. Each tank of Malbec is tasted three times a day to determine what is needed.
It was then aged for a minimum of 18 months, 25% in untoasted large oak barrels, and another six months in bottle before release.

The Region

Altos Las Hormigas' Uco Valley vineyards cover 88 hectares with 56 in production. They're located about 80 miles from Mendoza city. 'Valle de Uco', as the locals call it, has a mountain-influenced climate. The winemakers believe that it is this terroir that gives the Malbec its unique character, balance and higher natural acidity.

The Uco Valley vineyards are part of 206 hectares that were purchased in the rural township of Lujan de Cuyo and planted in 1996. The vineyards range from 100 - 800 meters above sea level and face the touring Andes.
As well as Malbec, the red variety Bonarda is also planted at Alton Las Hormigas.
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