2016 Altos Las Hormigas MalbecMalbec from Argentina
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From the first glance, this Malbec shows a distinct concentration, with a deep violet-red color. It shows a very expressive nose, with fruity notes of raspberries and fresh plu...
From the first glance, this Malbec shows a distinct concentration, with a deep violet-red color. It shows a very expressive nose, with fruity notes of raspberries and fresh plums along with spiced notes, white pepper stands out. The mouth experience begins with spices, followed by a feeling of vitality in the tannins, good structure, weight, finesse and a long and juicy finish. The joyful and fresh expression of Mendoza is in this Malbec. A cold and rainy spring was the debut of a season marked by low averages temperatures, very unusual for Mendoza standards. The cold spring made a difficult flowering period, and also berry set. The grapes were also affected by the rains, ripening at a much slower pace than previous vintages. The lower average temperature meant a delayed on harvesting time of about a month. It was a harvest with low yields, with losses of around 40%, but gain - ing in great quality and concentration on the wines. This fresher year was very favorable to the winery’s style: wines with fresh - ness, balance, great character but also drinkability, and most certainly a sense of place. It was a harvest full of lessons, big but beautiful challenges and lots of learning... 2016 has been and will indeed be a memorable harvest.