2011 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserve
"The Altos Estate was founded in 1995, and is now owned by a group of Italian wine professionals. Winemakers Alberto Antonini and Attilio Pagli focus specifically on Bonarda and Malbec varietals. The grapes are hand picked in vineyards located in La Consulta and Vista Flores in the Uco Valley; and Vistalba, Perdriel and Las Compuertas in Lujan de Cuyo. Yield: 7 ton/ha -14,5 Hl/Acre."
"Altos Las Hormigas was conceived in 1995, successively followed by their first bottling in 2007. Located in Lujan de Cayo, Mendoza, Argentina this is a venture that speaks Spanish with an Italian accent. The founders of Altos recognized the enormous potential and exciting challenge of old vine Malbec grown in the warm climate of Mendoza and aimed to craft supple, deeply fruited and concentrated wines. Lujan de Cayo, Argentina's first designated appellation-in 1993, is particularly adaptable for vineyards. Altos' vineyards, located at approximately 800m above sea level, with sufficient access to water from the nearby Andes and moderate summer rainfall help Malbec thrive in this region. In addition to their range of classico to single vineyard Malbecs Altos also produces a Bonarda. This Italian grape variety from Piedmont and the Oltrepo-Pavese region has enjoyed much greater success in the rich soils and generous climate of Argentina." - Importer