2018 Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Series Paraje Altamira



Critical acclaim:

“96 points.

“Altos Las Hormigas is the Italian-Chilean project of Antonio Morescalchi, Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Pedro Parra, Albert Cussen, Pedro Donoso and Patricio Bustamante in the heart of Mendoza, initially in Luján de Cuyo where they have the winery and 211 hectares of land where they planted 47 hectares of Malbec between 1996 and 2012 and a further six hectares of Bonarda planted in 2007. They later planted 54 hectares in Altamira in Valle de Uco, mostly Malbec with some Bonarda and Semillon to keep the biodiversity, following what they learn from Alan York and Gianfranco Soldera. They harvested the first grapes from Jardín de Altamira in 2020. Their vineyards are certified organic, but they also source grapes from other growers to produce around 800,000 bottles per year.

“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.” – Wine Advocate

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