Altos Las Hormigas, Mendoza Malbec Clásico 2019
Pure fruited Malbec from one of Argentina’s top sustainable producers. A minimalist approach in the winery is completely at odds with what is classic Mendoza. Here you'll find none of that rank, over extracted, oak influenced ink. These are floral and eminently approachable.
Altos Las Hormigas aim to produce a more refined style of Malbec, focusing on fruit purity and drinkability. Deeply coloured with a plum and blackberry core alongside chocolate and white pepper. Extremely pleasing.
Wine: ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS Mendoza Malbec Clásico 2018
Producer: Altos Las Hormigas
Region/Country: Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Production Method: Practising Biodynamic and Organic, Vegan and Vegetarian suitable
Style: Dark fruited, supple and juicy yet fresh.
Pairing Suggestion: Roasted meats
Profile: Malbec typically produces deeply coloured wines with exuberant juiciness and a range of fruit and herbal character depending on where it is grown. It is one of the traditional Bordeaux varieties, and is the major grape in Cahors where it is known as Côt. Here it shows cassis and blackcurrant flavour and medicinal herbal freshness. It is often blended with higher tannin varieties to add fleshy structure. Malbec has been extremely successful in South America, responsible for bringing Argentinian wine to the global market. These wines show more freshness and vibrant fruit than their French coutnerparts, and are often barrel aged and long lived.
Classic Regions: Cahors (France), Mendoza, Salta (Argentina), Clare Valley (South Australia), Chile
Altos Las Hormigas
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.
From The Natty Boy
A cutting edge Argentine producer, focussing on sustainable viticulture and boundary pushing vinification. Their practices fly in the face of what made Argentinian wine so prominent on the world stage in the early 2000’s with older, large oak foudre being used instead of small barrique in the search for more fruit expression and elegance - these are wines of less manipulation than most in Mendoza. Research into soil types led to plantings in prime limestone soils throughout the region, which imbues the wines with a natural tension and minerality. Following meticulous hand picking and sorting, the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks, prior to ageing in concrete for 9 months. There is no oak involved, the aim here is pure expression rather than manipulation.