Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation Altamira 2018 750ml

size
750ml
country
Argentina
region
Cuyo
appellation
Mendoza
subappellation
Uco Valley
WA
96
JS
93
Additional vintages
2018 2017
WA
96
Rated 96 by Wine Advocate
The 2018 Malbec Appellation Altamira is a wine produced in search of the limestone expression of Paraje Altamira in a year they deemed more normal than previous ones despite early frost in the zone that lowered yields and a heat wave in the beginning of the summer, but February was optimal and without rain, and they picked grapes with full ripeness and aromatic and flavor components and good natural acidity, avoiding over-ripeness. The wine, fermented in concrete with indigenous yeasts and matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 18 months, resulted in 13.6% alcohol and good freshness despite not having very high acidity. The grapes were sourced from alluvial terraces at 1,200 meters in altitude. The terraces were created by the Tunuyán River, where there is 85% stones and gravel covered by limestone and some silt and sand that provide red fruit freshness and a delicate and elegant balance. It's floral and gentle, with the mild effect of the big rocks in the wines, medium-bodied, with energy and some lightness from plants that tend to yield well. In the future, this should come from their own vineyard in Altamira. 4,600 bottles were filled in September 2019, and the wine is kept in bottle for at least 12 months before it's sold. ... More details
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Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation Altamira 2018 750ml

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Professional Ratings
WA
96
JS
93
WA
96
Rated 96 by Wine Advocate
The 2018 Malbec Appellation Altamira is a wine produced in search of the limestone expression of Paraje Altamira in a year they deemed more normal than previous ones despite early frost in the zone that lowered yields and a heat wave in the beginning of the summer, but February was optimal and without rain, and they picked grapes with full ripeness and aromatic and flavor components and good natural acidity, avoiding over-ripeness. The wine, fermented in concrete with indigenous yeasts and matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 18 months, resulted in 13.6% alcohol and good freshness despite not having very high acidity. The grapes were sourced from alluvial terraces at 1,200 meters in altitude. The terraces were created by the Tunuyán River, where there is 85% stones and gravel covered by limestone and some silt and sand that provide red fruit freshness and a delicate and elegant balance. It's floral and gentle, with the mild effect of the big rocks in the wines, medium-bodied, with energy and some lightness from plants that tend to yield well. In the future, this should come from their own vineyard in Altamira. 4,600 bottles were filled in September 2019, and the wine is kept in bottle for at least 12 months before it's sold.
JS
93
Rated 93 by James Suckling
Fresh-plum, brambleberry, hibiscus and citrus-zest aromas. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, fine tannins and crisp acidity. Fresh and juicy with crushed stones on the finish. Drink or hold.
Product Details
size
750ml
country
Argentina
region
Cuyo
appellation
Mendoza
subappellation
Uco Valley
Additional vintages
2018 2017
Overview
Rated 96 - The 2018 Malbec Appellation Altamira is a wine produced in search of the limestone expression of Paraje Altamira in a year they deemed more normal than previous ones despite early frost in the zone that lowered yields and a heat wave in the beginning of the summer, but February was optimal and without rain, and they picked grapes with full ripeness and aromatic and flavor components and good natural acidity, avoiding over-ripeness. The wine, fermented in concrete with indigenous yeasts and matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 18 months, resulted in 13.6% alcohol and good freshness despite not having very high acidity. The grapes were sourced from alluvial terraces at 1,200 meters in altitude. The terraces were created by the Tunuyán River, where there is 85% stones and gravel covered by limestone and some silt and sand that provide red fruit freshness and a delicate and elegant balance. It's floral and gentle, with the mild effect of the big rocks in the wines, medium-bodied, with energy and some lightness from plants that tend to yield well. In the future, this should come from their own vineyard in Altamira. 4,600 bottles were filled in September 2019, and the wine is kept in bottle for at least 12 months before it's sold.
green grapes

Varietal: Malbec

Malbec grapes have been grown for centuries in the Old World, and whilst many wineries had and continue to have great success with these dark and rather demanding grapes, they are famously susceptible to rot and quickly lose their best features should the weather not be as good as they need it to be. As such, it is the New World Malbec wines which have really made this old and respected varietal a household name, and the many single variety bottles we see in our supermarkets and wine stores bearing this grape have been some of the biggest and most pleasing success stories of recent years. However, Malbec is often and was traditionally used as a blending grape, offering its strong tannins and heavy, plummy fruit flavors to milder, mellower wines to boost their character, and many of these blended wines rank amongst the finest in the world. As such, Malbec is a highly versatile grape which has spread across the globe to produce some very different results, each one pleasing, and each one packed with flavor and character.
barrel

Region: Cuyo

The region of Cuyo has been internationally associated with fine Argentinian wine for several decades, and has a wine history which stretches back centuries to the time of the original Spanish settlers, who sought areas in which to plant imported grape vines for sacramental wine production. The region contains several of Argentina's most renowned and widely appreciated provinces, including the Mendoza, La Rioja, San Juan and San Luis, and the mountainous nature of this arid region provides an ideal environment for vineyard cultivation. As the mighty Desaguadero River snakes its way between the Andes, it deposits plenty of important minerals in the soil, which allow grape varietals closely associated with the Argentinian wine industry – such as Malbec – to grow to a perfect level of ripeness. As such, even in the driest areas of the Cuyo region, flavorful and fruit-forward wines are produced in impressive amounts.
fields

Country: Argentina

It is said that the first Argentinian vines were planted in the Mendoza more than four hundred years ago by European settlers, and despite these early wines being used primarily for religious purposes, the fervor for wine making never left the area. Today, Argentina is keen to demonstrate its technological prowess when it comes to vineyard cultivation, by combining traditional methods of irrigation left over from the Huarpes Indians with modern techniques in order to make the dry, arid desert an ideal environment for growing grapes. Indeed, these ancient irrigation channels, dug hundreds of years ago and still in use today, bring mineral-rich melt water from the Andes via the Mendoza river, something which gives the grapes grown in this region some of their character. The primary grape of this and other regions of Argentina is the Malbec, which is highly susceptible to rot in its native France, but which thrives in the dry and hot climate of South America, producing rich and plummy wines which are highly drinkable especially when young.
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green grapes

Varietal: Malbec

Malbec grapes have been grown for centuries in the Old World, and whilst many wineries had and continue to have great success with these dark and rather demanding grapes, they are famously susceptible to rot and quickly lose their best features should the weather not be as good as they need it to be. As such, it is the New World Malbec wines which have really made this old and respected varietal a household name, and the many single variety bottles we see in our supermarkets and wine stores bearing this grape have been some of the biggest and most pleasing success stories of recent years. However, Malbec is often and was traditionally used as a blending grape, offering its strong tannins and heavy, plummy fruit flavors to milder, mellower wines to boost their character, and many of these blended wines rank amongst the finest in the world. As such, Malbec is a highly versatile grape which has spread across the globe to produce some very different results, each one pleasing, and each one packed with flavor and character.
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Region: Cuyo

The region of Cuyo has been internationally associated with fine Argentinian wine for several decades, and has a wine history which stretches back centuries to the time of the original Spanish settlers, who sought areas in which to plant imported grape vines for sacramental wine production. The region contains several of Argentina's most renowned and widely appreciated provinces, including the Mendoza, La Rioja, San Juan and San Luis, and the mountainous nature of this arid region provides an ideal environment for vineyard cultivation. As the mighty Desaguadero River snakes its way between the Andes, it deposits plenty of important minerals in the soil, which allow grape varietals closely associated with the Argentinian wine industry – such as Malbec – to grow to a perfect level of ripeness. As such, even in the driest areas of the Cuyo region, flavorful and fruit-forward wines are produced in impressive amounts.
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Country: Argentina

It is said that the first Argentinian vines were planted in the Mendoza more than four hundred years ago by European settlers, and despite these early wines being used primarily for religious purposes, the fervor for wine making never left the area. Today, Argentina is keen to demonstrate its technological prowess when it comes to vineyard cultivation, by combining traditional methods of irrigation left over from the Huarpes Indians with modern techniques in order to make the dry, arid desert an ideal environment for growing grapes. Indeed, these ancient irrigation channels, dug hundreds of years ago and still in use today, bring mineral-rich melt water from the Andes via the Mendoza river, something which gives the grapes grown in this region some of their character. The primary grape of this and other regions of Argentina is the Malbec, which is highly susceptible to rot in its native France, but which thrives in the dry and hot climate of South America, producing rich and plummy wines which are highly drinkable especially when young.