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2018 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Appellation AltamiraMalbec from Argentina

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From the Winemakers' Website: "Finenesse and structure are one of the most difficult combinations to achieve in a wine. This Malbec from Jardín Altamira achieves this unique co...

  • 96 Wine Advocate - Wine Advocate
  • 93 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
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Ratings:

96

The 2018 Malbec Appellation Altamira is a wine produced in search of the limestone expression of Paraje Altamira in a year they deemed more normal than previous ones despite early frost in the zone that lowered yields and a heat wave in the beginning of the summer, but February was optimal and without rain, and they picked grapes with full ripeness and aromatic and flavor components and good natural acidity, avoiding over-ripeness. The wine, fermented in concrete with indigenous yeasts and matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 18 months, resulted in 13.6% alcohol and good freshness despite not having very high acidity. The grapes were sourced from alluvial terraces at 1,200 meters in altitude. The terraces were created by the Tunuyán River, where there is 85% stones and gravel covered by limestone and some silt and sand that provide red fruit freshness and a delicate and elegant balance. It's floral and gentle, with the mild effect of the big rocks in the wines, medium-bodied, with energy and some lightness from plants that tend to yield well.

93 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

Fresh-plum, brambleberry, hibiscus and citrus-zest aromas. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, fine tannins and crisp acidity. Fresh and juicy with crushed stones on the finish. Drink or hold.

Product Description:

From the Winemakers' Website: "Finenesse and structure are one of the most difficult combinations to achieve in a wine. This Malbec from Jardín Altamira achieves this unique combination, and that fills us with pride. A wine of many layers, subtle and graceful, but of a fundamental structure that sustains and lengthens the sensation of the wine in the mouth, is the backbone that evokes the soil of calcareous origin, where the grapes come from. It is a wine where patience is rewarded by the different nuances that are displayed in the glass".

Product Detail

Item # 122964
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Sub-Region Mendoza
Ratings

96 - Wine Advocate - Wine Advocate

93 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

Vintage 2018
Color Red
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Malbec
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste pepper, earth, green, plum, mocha and currant
Nose spice, earth, currant and cherry