Altos Las Hormigas

Mendoza, mendoza Argentina

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.

Aside from their vineyard in Luján de Cuyo, they are working 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. From the Uco Valley they obtain a striking floral fragrance on the nose and a dark purple colour, whereas the calcareous sites of Vista Flores, Altamira and Gualtallary each bring distinctive aromas and mouth filling textures.

A biodynamic approach in the vineyard, as well as minimal intervention in the winery – including natural yeasts, a move from oak to concrete for the Malbec Clásico as well as the use of large, neutral oak for ageing the 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 few producers of this variety.

The Mendoza Tinto, a blend of Bonarda, Malbec and a small amount of Semillon, is their interpretation of the classic Mendoza red blend that existed before winemakers started focusing on single varietals. The Malbec Clásico is a fresh, fruity yet elegant Malbec made primarily from grapes grown at their Luján de Cuyo estate on silty soils, and supplemented with fruit from their Agrelo estate with clay-based soil. Their other wines are made exclusively from fruit sourced from selected sites in the Uco Valley. The 'Terroir' perfectly combines the Uco Valley florality with a stunning purity of fruit. The 'Reserve' offers more depth and complexity, as it is sourced from distinguished calcareous terraces and has spent 18 months maturing in 3,500 litre untoasted foudres, followed by six months in bottle. We also have two single vineyard Malbecs: 'Altamira' and 'Gualtallary'. The Altamira vineyard lies at 1,500 metres above sea level and the Gualtallary vineyard at 1,300 metres above sea level. The 'Appellation Altamira' Malbec is a more elegant and aromatic style whereas the 'Appellation Gualtallary' Malbec is rounder and more powerful with great concentration.


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