Wine Altos Las Hormigas, Malbec Terroir Luján De Cuyo, 2016
This Malbec presents a character typical of the Luján de Cuyo area, showing ripe fruit notes that are traditional from this warmer appellation in Mendoza. It displays a concentrated and bright violet colour with ruby red hues. The nose is almost restrained, with soft mineral notes and hints of plums. As the wine opens it shows subtle notes of mint and herbs. It is wide and structured in the palate, with notes of liquorice and Andean herbs. It has firm tannins and freshness typical of the limestone soils it comes from. Minerality is also found in the palate, with an energetic and vibrant mouthfeel. A wine to pair with roasted red meats and spicy dishes.
Bright natural acidity and a powerful mouth, full of tension. No wood ageing.
It displays a deep violet red color with purple hues. The nose is subtle, with aromas of red fruits and soft mineral notes. As the wine opens it shows some notes of mendocinian underbrush and lemon thyme. The palate is fresh, with notes of violets. Fine grain tannins reveal the limestone soils it comes from. It has a long and elegant finish, where the wine shows its structure and minerality.
Ideal to pair with roasted red meats and spicy dishes.
The vines are rooted in a high-density organic vineyard polygon in our Luján de Cuyo estate. The preparation of the soil included the addition of hummus, along with water management and organic coverage from day one, aiming for the roots to develop deep into the soil, a key factor to obtain wines with good quality and natural freshness, especially in warm climates. The soil here presents almost no clay but a great presence of limestone, ideal characteristics for the wine style.
The wine is kept 18 months in the concrete tanks for ageing, and 6 months in the bottle.
100% Malbec grapes hand-picked from an organic certified own vineyard. The grapes are released by gravity into small concrete tanks where the alcoholic fermentation takes place. The juice is fermented using native yeasts, at 24-28'C for 12 days.
Grapes for this wine come from a certified organic vineyard in the traditional winemaking region of Luján de Cuyo in Mendoza. The vines are planted at high density meaning the roots have to develop deep into the soil to find nutrients. Limestone soils give elegance to the wine, and the grapes are all handpicked.