Wines

As in wine, all plans need a long time to bring some reward, but the philosophy of terroir immediately decanted to all other practices at Altos Las Hormigas. We believe that each intervention on the wine means a step away from its origin. No intervention is impossible, but we try to do as little as possible in winemaking. Minimal extraction, neutral oak, natural yeast, very little sulfites are just a few items to mention, that guide us in what we do. We also seek naturally low alcohol through harvesting as early as possible in each soil type. Our dedication to terroir-driven wines has transformed not only our philosophy, but the evolution of the wines.

Malbec Clásico 2015

Mendoza

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Vineyard

A blend of 100% Malbec grapes harvested by hand from vineyards in Medrano, Lujan de Cuyo, and the Uco Valley in a smaller percentage. The area has a semi-desert climate with hot days and cool nights. We choose deep, fresh soils, to delay ripening, and avoid hydrological stress. These are sandy loams where the clay component provides mineral nutrients and water retention, while the sand component prevents the silt and clay part from compacting excessively, and guarantees water drainage. In this climate we avoid soils with abundant superficial gravel, which increases the warming effect and might shorten the ripening season – which we rely on to give our Malbec its intensity and flavor.

Vintage

The 2015 harvest can be summed up as a kind of a bipolar one. November, December and January had extremely high temperatures which accelerated the ripening process in the vineyards. These temperatures and quick ripening can dramatically decrease the level of natural acidity in the fruit, as sugar levels rise. In order to avoid this we decided to harvest 15 days earlier than the established date. Taking the window of opportunity from mid February to March 23rd, we picked up all the Malbec, even from the high altitude, cooler climates and vigorous soils.

Winemaking

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. After a careful, double sorting process, the grapes are softly pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in order to express each of the selected vineyard. Fermentation takes place in separate stainless steel tanks between 24-28°C for 10 days. Each tank is tasted three times a day to determine what is needed. The wine is then aged for 12 months in concrete vats.

Tasting Notes

The joyful and fresh expression of Mendoza is in this Malbec. Red fruits, cherries and a soft note of plums that have just been picked up from the tree. This wine is all about freshness. The palate is supple and juicy, inviting to enjoy glass after glass. Soft but structured tannins and a pleasant finish. Three words can describe this Malbec perfectly: freshness, joy and vitality. Can be paired with light fare or heavier dishes, but also can be enjoyed alone. The ideal service temperature is 64°F – 18°C.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2015
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Medrano, Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM Cork
Alcohol: 13.3%
Acidity: 5.25 g/l
pH: 3.72
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Malbec Clásico 2014

Mendoza

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Vineyard

A blend of 100% Malbec grapes harvested by hand from vineyards in Medrano, Barrancas, and Lunlunta- 50% Estate grapes. We choose deep, fresh soils, to delay ripening, and avoid hydric stress. These are sandy loams where the clay component provides mineral nu- trients and water retention, while the sand component prevents the silt and clay part from compacting excessively, and guaran- tees water drainage. In this climate we avoid soils with abundant superficial gravel, which increases the warming effect, and might shorten the ripening season- which we rely on to give our Malbec its intensity and flavor.

Vintage

The season began with severe frosts that lowered yields by 30%. November brought a few dry Zonda winds that challenged the flowering stage and lowered yields even more. December and January brought heatwaves and late Summer rains and lowered temperatures moved into the region just before harvest. In three weeks the region received levels equivalent to two years worth of rain; therefore grapes harvested prior to mildow or rot setting in were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and fine tannins.

Winemaking

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. After a careful, double sorting process, the grapes are softly pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in order to express each of the selected vineyard. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks between 24-28 C for 10 days. Each tank is tasted three times a day to determine what is needed. The must is pumped over up to three times a day for extraction, with two rack-and-returns. The wine is then aged for 10 months in concrete piletas.

Tasting Notes

The 2014 vintage can be defined by this juicy Malbec. Deep ruby with flecks of blue and even brick. This wine has a nose with traditional notes of crunchy plum, cherries, and chocolate cake but surprises with hints of banana and passion fruit. Super fine tannins and balanced acidity frames a palate of plum, blueberry and white pepper. Can be paired with light fare or heavier dishes, but also can be enjoyed alone.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2014
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Medrano, Barrancas, and Lunlunta
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM Cork
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 5.15 g/l
pH: 3.85
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Malbec Terroir 2014

Uco Valley

Technical Sheet

Vineyard

100% Uco Valley. Grapes are harvested by hand from a blend of high density vineyards located in the sub region of Vista Flores as well as two areas in Tupungato. These are gravelly, alluvial soils with abundant stones, but with limited active limestone presence.

Vintage

The season began with severe frosts that lowered yields by 30%. November brought a few dry Zonda winds that challenged the flowering stage and lowered yields even more. December and January brought heatwaves and late Summer rains and lowered temperatures moved into the region just before harvest. In three weeks the region received levels equivalent to two years worth of rain; therefore grapes harvested prior to mildew or rot setting in were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and fine tannins.

Winemaking

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. The grapes are selected from a double selection table before going to small stainless steel tanks. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24-28°C for 12 days. Each tank is tasted three times a day to determine what is needed. 50% of this Malbec is aged in cement piletas (pools) for 12 months, 25% in stainless steel vats, and 25% is aged in untoasted large oak foudres.

Tasting Notes

Uco Valley and Malbec from the mountains…freshness from the altitude of the Andes. Cherries, plums and fresh figs, like the ones you pick up from the tree. Soft floral notes of violets, with a nice and subtle mineral note that shows the character of the ancient alluvial terraces of the Uco Valley. The mountain, the freshness and the long finish, in a very delicate harmony, define this Uco Valley Malbec.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2014
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Uco Valley
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM Cork
Alcohol: 14.1%
Acidity: 4.65 g/l
pH: 4.0
Residual Sugar: 1.27 g/l

Malbec Reserve 2014

Uco Valley

Technical Sheet

Vineyard

Malbec is hand-picked from 100% calcareous soil of Uco Valley, limestones over alluvial deposits of the Tunuyan River in Altamira, the alluvial terrace of Arroyo Grande in Vista Flores, and the alluvial with calcareous highlands of Gualtallary. The terraces contain medium pebbles with occasional boulders covering calcium carbonate paste of around 7-10% active lime which contributes structure, texture and a long, impressive finish.

Vintage

The season began with severe frosts that lowered yields by 30%. November brought a few dry Zonda winds that challenged the flowering stage and lowered yields even more. December and January brought heatwaves and late Summer rains and lowered temperatures moved into the region just before harvest. In three weeks the region received levels equivalent to two years worth of rain; therefore grapes harvested prior to mildew or rot setting in were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and fine tannins.

Winemaking

Grapes were harvested by hand with delicate and conscious bunch selection. During fermentation, pigeage and a very gentle treatment were used on the cap to avoid over extraction. The juice fermented using native yeast, with no corrections of tartaric acid. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted Foudres for 18 months, and six months in the bottle. There was a coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure no interference with the quality of the wine.

Tasting Notes

Complexity and a very present local character. The mountains, the altitude and the limestone soils grant this Malbec diverse layers. It is worth giving the wine some time so they slowly unveil. The presence of limestone soils in the Uco Valley is profoundly noticeable in this wine. The combination of mineral character, freshness and very fine grain tannins, present and structured, with a nice length and a chalky sensation on the palate take this Malbec to the next level, the mineral dimension.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2014
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Uco Valley
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural Cork
Alcohol: 14.2%
Acidity: 5.15 g/l
pH: 3.9
Residual Sugar: 1.59 g/l

Malbec Terroir 2015

UCO VALLEY

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Vineyard

100% Uco Valley. Grapes are harvested by hand from a blend of high density vineyards located in the sub region of La Consulta as well as two areas in Tupungato. These are gravelly, alluvial soils with abundant stones, but with limited active limestone presence.

Vintage

The 2015 harvest can be summed up as a kind of a bipolar one. November, December and January had extremely high temperatures which accelerated the ripening process in the vineyards. These temperatures and quick ripening can dramatically decrease the level of natural acidity in the fruit, as sugar levels rise. In order to avoid this we decided to harvest 15 days earlier than the established date. Taking the window of opportunity from mid February to March 23rd, we picked up all the Malbec, even from the high altitude, cooler climates and vigorous soils.

Winemaking

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. The grapes are selected from a double selection table before going to small stainless steel tanks. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24-28°C for 12 days. Each tank is tasted three times a day to determine what is needed. 50% of this Malbec is aged in concrete pools for 12 months, 25% in stainless steel vats, and 25% is aged in untoasted large oak foudres.

Tasting Notes

Coming from a careful selection of grapes from the oldest geological part of Uco Valley, this Malbec shows a ruby red colour with violet hints, typical of high altitude. Delicate fruity notes appear first in the nose, gaining complexity as the wine opens up, to show more firm scents of violet and red cherries. It has a fresh entry in the palate, underpinned by its succulent natural acidity. Gentle mineral notes spread through the mouth as the wine unfolds, granting a round, balanced, long finish. It is ideal to pair with Mediterranean cuisine and red meats.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2015
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM Cork
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 4.72 g/l
pH: 3.7
Residual Sugar: 1.84 g/l

Malbec Clásico 2013

Mendoza

Vineyard

A blend of 100% Malbec grapes harvested by hand from vineyards in Medrano, Barrancas, and Lunlunta- 50% Estate grapes. We choose deep, fresh soils, to delay ripening, and avoid hydric stress. These are sandy loams where the clay component provides mineral nu- trients and water retention, while the sand component prevents the silt and clay part from compacting excessively, and guaran- tees water drainage. In this climate we avoid soils with abundant superficial gravel, which increases the warming effect, and might shorten the ripening season- which we rely on to give our Malbec its intensity and flavor.

Vintage

The lack of spring rains and the absence of extensive frosts allowed a very good blooming of the vines, while hail damages – a constant threat for high altitude vineyards – were negligible. The growing season has been uneven, starting with high temperatures and becoming cooler later on. The heat came back before the beginning of the harvest, but then a cold wave hit Mendoza at the middle of March, resulting in a slow maturation. Therefore grapes were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and fine tannins.

Winemaking

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. After a careful, double sorting process, the grapes are softly pressed and fer- mented with indigenous yeasts in order to express each of the selected vine- yard. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks between 24-28 C for 10 days. Each tank is tasted three times a day to determine what is needed. The must is pumped over up to three times a day for extraction, with two rack-and-returns. The wine is then aged for 10 months in concrete piletas.

Tasting Notes

This luminous cherry colored Malbec with pink hues offers a delicate first nose of red currant, minty blackberry leaves and tenuous smoky notes. Aromas of passion fruit, accompanied by gentle white pepper complete its cheerful bouquet. This is confirmed on the palate in a light bodied, silky wine with very delicate tannins, along with mango and crunchy plum notes. On the finish, sweet spices and dried herbs linger with a fleshy, natural acidity, which makes Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clásico the perfect pairing for light cuisine or white meat.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2013
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Medrano, Barrancas, and Lunlunta
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM Cork
Alcohol: 13.7%
Acidity: 4.9 g/L
pH: 3.7
Residual Sugar: 1.5 g/L

Malbec Terroir 2013

Uco Valley

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Vineyard

100% Uco Valley. Grapes are harvested
by hand from a blend of high density
vineyards located in the sub region of
Vista Flores as well as two areas in Tupungato.
These are gravelly, alluvial soils
with abundant stones, but with limited
active limestone presence. Yield: 9 ton/
ha.

Vintage

The lack of spring rains and the absence of extensive frosts allowed a very
good blooming of the vines, while hail damages – a constant threat for high
altitude vineyards – were negligible. The growing season has been uneven,
starting with high temperatures and becoming cooler later on. The heat
came back before the beginning of the harvest, but then a cold wave hit
Mendoza at the middle of March, resulting in a slow maturation. Therefore
grapes were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and
fine tannins.

Winemaking

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend.
The grapes are selected from a double selection table and are gently pressed
before the cold maceration process begins in small stainless steel tanks for 5
days at 10°C. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 28-
30°C for 12 days, preferring a long maceration. Three rack-and-returns take
place during this time, together with
three pump-overs each day, for the best
extraction. 50% of this Malbec is aged
in cement piletas for 12 months, 25% in
stainless steel vats, and 25% is aged in
untoasted large oak foudres.

Tasting Notes

This vivid ruby Malbec has a beautiful bouquet of bing cherry, fresh cranberries,
herbal tea and Andean mountain grass. Crisp and round on the palate,
the wine adds violet and mint nuances to the bright red fruit. The finish is
fresh and long, maintaining a wonderful balance of acid and tannin structure.
Drinking well now.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2013
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley - Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM Cork
Alcohol: 14.3%
Acidity: 4.8 g/l
pH: 3.79
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Malbec Reserve 2013

Uco Valley

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Vineyard

Malbec is hand-picked from 100% calcareous
soil of Uco Valley, limestones over
alluvial deposits of the Tunuyan River in
Altamira, the alluvial terrace of Arroyo
Grande in Vista Flores, and the alluvial
with calcareous highlands of Gualtallary.
The terraces contain medium pebbles
with occasional boulders covering calcium
carbonate paste of around 7-10%
active lime which contributes structure,
texture and a long, impressive finish.

Vintage

The lack of spring rains and the absence of extensive frosts allowed a very
good blooming of the vines, while hail damages – a constant threat for high
altitude vineyards – were negligible. The growing season has been uneven,
starting with high temperatures and becoming cooler later on. The heat
came back before the beginning of the harvest, but then a cold wave hit
Mendoza at the middle of March, resulting in a slow maturation. Therefore
grapes were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and
fine tannins.

Winemaking

Grapes were harvested by hand with delicate and conscious bunch selection.
The destemmed berries were loaded by gravity to allow a gentle breaking of
skins. During fermentation, pigeage and a very gentle treatment were used
on the cap to avoid over extraction. The juice fermented using native yeast,
with no corrections of tartaric acid. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted
Foudres for 18 months, and six months in the bottle. There was a
coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure no interference with the quality
of the wine.

Tasting Notes

An opaque purple wine with highlights of bright ruby. The nose is filled with
plum, raspberries, chocolate and a touch of leather. This wine offers a strong,
well-structured palate. Intense red and blue fruit encompass your mouth
drawing to a long, mineral and elegant finish. Pure expression of the small
calcareous areas of Vista Flores, Gualtallary and Altamira.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2013
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley - Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural Cork
Alcohol: 14.6%
Acidity: 4.87 g/l
pH: 3.72
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Appellation Altamira 2013

Uco Valley

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Vineyard

100% of this Malbec stems from the alluvial terrace
of Altamira, lying at 1,200 meters above sea level.
There, limestones covered pebbles and gravels occupy
85% of the soil volume, granting to the wine
elegance and minerality. 3% of clay in the fine matrix
allow Malbec to express fresh red fruit flavors, as well
as a delicate and elegant roundness on the palate.

Vintage

The lack of spring rains and the absence of extensive frosts allowed a very
good blooming of the vines, while hail damages – a constant threat for high
altitude vineyards – were negligible. The growing season has been uneven,
starting with high temperatures and becoming cooler later on. The heat
came back before the beginning of the harvest, but then a cold wave hit
Mendoza at the middle of March, resulting in a slow maturation. Therefore
grapes were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and
fine tannins.

Winemaking

The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity into
small stainless steel tanks for pre-fermentation maceration at 5°C for 7 days. The
alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24°C for 15 days. In order to
maintain careful, gentle handling, pumping is not used; the cap is rotated by manual
pigeage throughout the fermentation, and once this is completed, post-fermentation
maceration begins for 4 days. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted
Foudres for 18 months, and 12 months in the bottle.
There was a coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure
no interference with the quality of the wine.

Tasting Notes

Elegant is the best way to describe this wine. Like a ballet dancer, full of
strength and muscle – but linear, graceful and delicate. Deep ruby with hints
of purple, with a captivating nose of freshly picked fruit, crisp plums, and
fields of wild flowers. This Malbec dances on your palate, with round, silky,
elegant tannins. The finish is long and complex, drawing you in for the next
sip.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2013
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley - Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural Cork
Alcohol: 14.5%
Acidity: 4.9 g/l
pH: 3.8
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Appellation Gualtallary 2013

Uco Valley

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Vineyard

100% of this Malbec stems from the loamy soils of
Gualtallary, lying at 1,300 meters above sea level.
There, limestones covered pebbles and gravels occupy
50-60% of the soil volume, with a high percentage
of free calcium carbonate in the profile granting
to the wine a chalky, fresh minerality. 3% of clay in
the fine matrix allow Malbec to express fresh fruit
flavors, for a strong but well-integrated roundness on
the palate.

Vintage

The lack of spring rains and the absence of extensive frosts allowed a very
good blooming of the vines, while hail damages – a constant threat for highaltitude
vineyards – were negligible. The growing season has been uneven,
starting with high temperatures and becoming cooler later on. The heat
came back before the beginning of the harvest, but then a cold wave hit
Mendoza at the middle of March, resulting in a slow maturation. Therefore
grapes were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and
fine tannins.

Winemaking

The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity
into small stainless steel tanks for pre-fermentation maceration at 5°C for 7
days. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24°C for
15 days. In order to maintain careful, gentle handling, pumping is not used;
the cap is rotated by manual pigeage throughout the fermentation, and once
this is completed, post-fermentation maceration begins for 4 days. The wine
was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted Foudres for
18 months, and 12 months in the bottle. There
was a coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure
no interference with the quality of the wine.

Tasting Notes

This is a WOW wine that tantalizes the senses. A luminous, deep ruby Malbec
with specks of blue and purple, the nose will pour out of your glass with
notes of olives, dark fruit, black pepper, nutmeg and thyme. The palate confirms
the nose, but give way to a layer of bright red fruit. The backbone of
this wine is strong, with well-integrated acid and tannin structure. There
seems to be no end to this wines finish. It is long with fresh, chalky tannins.
Amazing aging potential.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2013
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley - Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural Cork
Alcohol: 14.5%
Acidity: 5.1 g/l
pH: 3.7
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Appellation Vista Flores 2013

Uco Valley

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Vineyard

100% of this Malbec stems from the alluvial terrace
of Vista Flores, lying at 1,150 meters above
sea level. There, limestones covered pebbles
and gravels occupy 80% of the soil volume,
granting to the wine elegance and minerality.
5% of clay in the fine matrix allow Malbec to express
luscious fruit flavors, as well as a characteristic
potency on the palate. A distinct potential
which we aim to convey through this wine.
Yield: 5.5 To/Ha.

Vintage

The lack of spring rains and the absence of extensive frosts allowed a very
good blooming of the vines, while hail damages – a constant threat for high
altitude vineyards – were negligible. The growing season has been uneven,
starting with high temperatures and becoming cooler later on. The heat
came back before the beginning of the harvest, but then a cold wave hit
Mendoza at the middle of March, resulting in a slow maturation. Therefore
grapes were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and
fine tannins.

Winemaking

The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity into
small stainless steel tanks for pre-fermentation maceration at 5°C for 7 days. The
alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24°C for 15 days. In order to
maintain careful, gentle handling, pumping is not used; the cap is rotated by manual
pigeage throughout the fermentation, and once this is completed, post-fermentation
maceration begins for 4 days. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted
Foudres for 18 months, and 12 months in the bottle. There was a coarse filtration
prior to bottling, to ensure no interference with
the quality of the wine.

Tasting Notes

A complex and perfect expression of Malbec. This wine is inky in color, nearly
black. The bouquet fills your nose with red, black and blue fruit, lavender,
roasted meat and forest vegetation. The round, full mouthfeel adds layers of
fruit and minerality. A big, but not fat wine, the acid and tannins are perfectly
balanced and structured. There is quite a bit of minerality on the long finish,
while remaining juicy and not overly dry.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2013
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley - Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural Cork
Alcohol: 14.5%
Acidity: 5.0 g/l
pH: 3.79
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Malbec Terroir 2012

Uco Valley

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Vineyard

100% Uco Valley. Grapes are sourced from a blend of high density vineyards located in the sub regions of Vista Flores, Altamira and San Carlos. These are fantastic alluvial soils but with limited limestone presence.

Vintage

Winter was mild and dry with low relative precipitation and humidity. Zonda winds and the first hail storm in November lowered yields in many areas. Springtime rains increased 15% from previous years giving optimal canopy growth. High temperatures and heavy rains in Summer meant harvesting 10 days earlier to ensure proper ripening. Health of the grapes was exceptional and clean, giving rise to great wines with very good concentration.

Winemaking

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. The grapes are selected from a double selection table and are gently pressed before the cold maceration process begins in small stainless steel tanks for 5 days at 10°C. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 28-30°C for 12 days, preferring a long maceration. Three rack-and-returns take place during this time, together with three pump-overs each day, for the best extraction. One third of this Mal- bec is aged in third use oak barrels for 12 months and two thirds is unoaked and isaged in cement piletas.

Tasting Notes

A deep ruby Malbec offering a nose of plum, boysenberry and cherry, with hints of dried herbs and mint. The palate is round and smooth with added raspberry, nut and chocolate nuances. Balanced acid and tannin with a fresh finish make this wine ready to enjoy now.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2012
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM Cork
Alcohol: 14.3%
Acidity: 5.1 g/l
pH: 3.8
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Malbec Reserve 2012

Uco Valley

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Vineyard

Malbec is hand-picked from 100% calcareous soil of Uco Valley, limestones over alluvial deposits of the Tunuyan River in Altamira, the alluvial terrace of Arroyo Grande in Vista Flores, and the alluvial with calcareous highlands of Gualtallary. The terraces contain medium pebbles with occasional boulders covering calcium carbonate paste of around 7-10% active lime which contributes structure, texture and a long, impressive finish.

Vintage

Winter was mild and dry with low relative precipitation and humidity. Zonda winds and the first hail storm in November lowered yields in many areas. Springtime rains increased 15% from previous years giving optimal canopy growth. High temperatures and heavy rains in Summer meant harvesting 10 days earlier to ensure proper ripening. Health of the grapes was exceptional and clean, giving rise to great wines with very good concentration.

Winemaking

Grapes were harvested by hand with delicate and conscious bunch selection. The destemmed berries were loaded by gravity to allow a gentle breaking of skins. During fermentation, pigeage and a very gentle treatment were used on the cap to avoid over extraction. The juice fermented using native yeast, with no corrections of tartaric acid. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted Foudres for 18 months, and six months in the bottle. There was a coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure no interference with the quality of the wine.

Tasting Notes

This Malbec is about complexity. To the fruit profile of malbec the Reserve Malbec of ALH adds the complexity of the origin, the limestone of Mendoza. The winemaking is about preserving this origin, with lots of care in keeping the integrity of the grapes, with no acid corrections and only native yeast. Nose of violet, fresh fruit and present minerality. Not a powerful mouth impact, but rather an elegant length, mid palate, and persistence, balanced and drinkable. Pure expression of the small calcareous areas of Vista Flores, Gualtallary and Altamira, with chalky, caressing tannins.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2012
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural Cork
Alcohol: 14.2%
Acidity: 5.02 g/l
pH: 3.69
Residual Sugar: 1.8 g/l

Appellation Altamira 2012

Uco Valley

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Vineyard

100% of this Malbec stems from the alluvial terrace
of Altamira, lying at 1,200 meters above sea level.
There, limestones covered pebbles and gravels occupy
85% of the soil volume, granting to the wine
elegance and minerality. 3% of clay in the fine matrix
allow Malbec to express fresh red fruit flavors, as well
as a delicate and elegant roundness on the palate.

Vintage

Winter was mild and dry with low relative precipitation and humidity. Zonda
winds and the first hail storm in November lowered yields in many areas.
Springtime rains increased 15% from previous years giving optimal canopy
growth. High temperatures and heavy rains in Summer meant harvesting 10
days earlier to ensure proper ripening. Health of the grapes was exceptional
and clean, giving rise to great wines with very good concentration.

Winemaking

The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity into
small stainless steel tanks for pre-fermentation maceration at 5°C for 7 days. The
alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24°C for 15 days. In order to
maintain careful, gentle handling, pumping is not used; the cap is rotated by manual
pigeage throughout the fermentation, and once this is completed, post-fermentation
maceration begins for 4 days. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted
Foudres for 18 months, and 12 months in the bottle.
There was a coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure
no interference with the quality of the wine.

Tasting Notes

This opaque ruby wine with hints of blue and purple, has an enticing nose
of freshly picked cherries, red currant, and raspberry accompanied by cocoa
powder, nutmeg and olives. The palate explodes with crisp red fruits with a
touch of violets and underbrush. Minerality completes this complex, wellstructured
wine with a long, beautiful finish. This wine will age 10+ years.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2012
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural Cork
Alcohol: 14.9%
Acidity: 5.55 g/l
pH: 3.4
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Appellation Vista Flores 2012

Uco Valley

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Vineyard

100% of this Malbec stems from the alluvial terrace
of Vista Flores, lying at 1,150 meters above
sea level. There, limestones covered pebbles
and gravels occupy 80% of the soil volume,
granting to the wine elegance and minerality.
5% of clay in the fine matrix allow Malbec to express
luscious fruit flavors, as well as a characteristic
potency on the palate. A distinct potential
which we aim to convey through this wine.
Yield: 5.5 To/Ha.

Vintage

Winter was mild and dry with low relative precipitation and humidity. Zonda
winds and the first hail storm in November lowered yields in many areas.
Springtime rains increased 15% from previous years giving optimal canopy
growth. High temperatures and heavy rains in Summer meant harvesting 10
days earlier to ensure proper ripening. Health of the grapes was exceptional
and clean, giving rise to great wines with very good concentration.

Winemaking

The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity into
small stainless steel tanks for pre-fermentation maceration at 5°C for 7 days. The
alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24°C for 15 days. In order to
maintain careful, gentle handling, pumping is not used; the cap is rotated by manual
pigeage throughout the fermentation, and once this is completed, post-fermentation
maceration begins for 4 days. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted
Foudres for 18 months, and 12 months in the bottle. There was a coarse filtration
prior to bottling, to ensure no interference with
the quality of the wine.

Tasting Notes

Dark ruby in color, the first thing you notice from this wine is the aromatic
nose. Complex with red current, black cherry, pomogranite, licorice, and
mint with just a hint of leather. The palate is full and round with red and
blue fruit, and touch of dark chocolate. Well-balanced with a fresh, smooth,
lengthy finish.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2012
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural Cork
Alcohol: 14.9%
Acidity: 5.55 g/l
pH: 3.8
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Single Vineyard Vista Flores 2007

Vista Flores, Uco Valley

Vineyard

100% of these grapes originate from a single parcel of a vineyard located to the west of Vista Flores, situated on a secondary terrace of the ancient river Arroyo Grande at 1250 meters in Valle de Uco. This unique alluvial soil profile is rich in active limestone and constitutes less than 0.4% of Mendoza acreage. This wine is produced from the best limestone soils in only select years. Yield: 5.5 To/Ha.

Vintage

The winter was void of extreme temperatures and generally mild, with little precipitation. Spring was cool and dry, but frost-free. The summer months were dry and hot with very little rainfall. Starting in late March we experienced unusual, persistent rains lasting 12 to 15 days. Late, heavy rains have the potential to affect the concentration of red grapes, however, most of the grapes were already mature and therefore herbaceous flavors were not perceived. Mid April the weather improved, and we harvested ripe grapes with good concentration. 2007 is considered a great year for wines harvested later, with deep color, concentrated fruit, spice and very good tannin structure.

Winemaking

The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity into stainless steel tanks for pre-fermentation maceration at 5°C for 7 days. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24°C for 15 days. In order maintain careful, gentle handling, pumping is not used; the cap is rotated by manual pigeage throughout the fermentation, and once this is completed, post-fermentation mac- eration begins for 4 days. The wine then moves to new barrels of French oak where malolactic fermentation takes place and then ageing for up to 36 months.

Tasting Notes

Complex and intriguing, this deep colored 2007 has a bold personality and represents the site-specific characteristics of Vista Flores. The intensity of the aromatic profile is characterized by notes of red and black fruits, followed by subtle notes of violets and spice. The fruit and florals follow through on the palate, ending in a crescendo of violets, minerality and the spiciness of well-integrated oak. The texture is firm and round with an elegant tannic structure and a lasting finish. The persistent finish, multiple layers and constant evolution in your glass reflects the strong identity of this wine.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2007
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Vista Flores
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural Cork
Alcohol: 15%
Acidity: 6.04 g/l
pH: 3.8
Residual Sugar: 3.37 g/l