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 2017

Mendoza

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Vineyard

Grapes come mainly from vineyards in Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley in a smaller percentage. The region has a semi-desert climate with hot days and cool nights. We choose fresh soils, with good water drainage and a fine silt-sandy texture. These soils allow a deep development of the roots, since their water retention capacity is great for the roots to expand and give the plants a better ability to resist heat waves, which are common during the summer in Mendoza. In this climate we avoid soils with abundant superficial gravels, which increase the warming effect around the vine and might shorten the ripening season.

Vintage

The climate transition from “El Niño” to “La Niña” pushed temperatures creating heat waves during most of January. Following our belief in early harvest we started picking up Malbec grapes in Lujan de Cuyo on February the 15th, as in the Uco Valley the Malbec harvest began on February the 24th. The weather during harvest was very favorable, unaffected by hail storms or frosting. Low yields where again a feature of this harvest that naturally improved the quality of the grapes, which are more concentrated and flavourful. 2017 will be very likely a collectors vintage, scarce and of the highest quality.

Winemaking

A blend of 100% Malbec grapes harvested by hand. 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 a minimum of 9 months in concrete vats. No oak aging.

Tasting Notes

This vintage of our Malbec Clásico is fully representative of Altos Las Hormigas style, as the joyful and fresh expression of Mendoza Malbec. Displaying a bright ruby red color, this wine has a fruity nose of plums and raspberries complemented with herbal notes. The first palate shows supple tannins with a balanced acidity that is the secret of its freshness. Notes of crisp red fruits fill the mouth, with a soft texture and a long finish. This is a pleasant wine, ideal to pair with various dishes, from red meats to pasta or grilled vegetables.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM
Alcohol: 13%
Acidity: 5.65 g/l
pH: 3.79
Residual Sugar: 1.36 g/l

Malbec Appellation Gualtallary 2016

Gualtallary, Uco Valley, Mendoza

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Vineyard

100% of this Malbec stems from the loamy soils of Gualtallary, lying at 1,300 meters above sea level. The soil presents limestone covered pebbles and gravels that occupy 50-70% of the soil volume, with a high percentage of free calcium carbonate in the profile granting to the wine a chalky, fresh minerality.

Vintage

A cold and rainy spring was the debut of a season marked by low average temperatures, very unusual for Mendoza standards. The cold spring made flowering period difficult, and also berry set. The grapes were affected by the rain, ripening at a much slower pace than previous vintages. These climate conditions caused a delay on the beginning of the harvest, of about a month. It was a harvest with low yields, with losses of around 40%, but gaining in great quality and concentration on the wines.
This fresher year was very favorable to the winery’s style: wines with freshness, 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.

Winemaking

The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity into small concrete tanks. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24ºC for 15 days. In order to maintain a careful, gentle handling, pumping is not used; the cap is rotated by manual pigeage throughout the fermentation. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted foudres for 22 months, and 6-12 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 Malbec fully shows you its origins: Gualtallary. In this vintage particularly, the characteristics of this terroir favored the wine. Especially the soils of this appellation, with its marked slopes and its low humidity retention capacity, helped the excess of water –in a year that was more rainy than average in the area- to drain easily and benefit grape concentration.
A solid violet red color reveals a dense, concentrated, compact wine. Notes of spices and minerality make a complex nose. On the palate, a supple entry, dark berries and spices. A very structured and quite wild Malbec, with firm fine-grain tannins, showing its calcareous foundations and columns. The mouth feel is full of thrilling freshness and balance, with a long and persistent finish.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Gualtallary, Uco Valley, Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural cork
Alcohol: 14%
Acidity: 5.62 g/l
pH: 3.83
Residual Sugar: 1.92 g/l

Malbec Terroir Lujan de Cuyo 2017

Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza

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Vineyard

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 winery’s style.

Vintage

The climate transition from “El Niño” to “La Niña” pushed temperatures creating heat waves during most of January. Following our belief in early harvest we started picking up Malbec grapes in Lujan de Cuyo on February the 15th, as in the Uco Valley the Malbec harvest began on February the 24th. The weather during harvest was very favorable, unaffected by hail storms or frosting. Low yields where again a feature of this harvest that naturally improved the quality of the grapes, which are more concentrated and flavourful. 2017 will be very likely a collectors vintage, scarce and of the highest quality.

Winemaking

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. The wine is kept 18 months in the concrete tanks for aging, and 6 months in the bottle.

Tasting Notes

This Malbec comes from an organic vineyard with limestone soils, seeking to show a different expression of the traditional Lujan de Cuyo area as well as preserving the typical characteristics of the wines coming from this wine region. 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.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM
Alcohol: 13.3 %
Acidity: 5.25 g/l
pH: 3.85
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

Tinto 2017

Mendoza

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Vineyard

Grapes come mainly from vineyards in Luján de Cuyo and Medrano in a smaller percentage. The region has a semi-desert climate with hot days and cool nights. We choose fresh soils, with good water drainage and a fine silt-sandy texture. These soils allow a deep development of the roots, since their water retention capacity is great for the roots to expand and give the plants a better ability to resist heat waves, which are common during the summer in Mendoza. In this climate we avoid soils with abundant superficial gravels, which increase the warming effect around the vine and might shorten the ripening season.

Vintage

The climate transition from “El Niño” to “La Niña” pushed temperatures creating heat waves during most of January. Following our belief in early harvest we started picking up our grapes on February the 15th. The weather during harvest was very favorable, unaffected by hail storms or frosting. Low yields where again a feature of this harvest that naturally improved the quality of the grapes, which are more concentrated and flavorful. 2017 will be very likely a collectors vintage, scarce and of the highest quality.

Winemaking

A blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Semillon grapes, harvested by hand. Careful, double sorting process, before fermentation. Malbec and Semillon grapes are co-fermented, while Bonarda is vinified separately before the final blend. Fermentation takes place in separate stainless steel tanks, at a temperature between 24-28°C, for 10 days. Only indigenous yeasts are involved in the process. Each tank is tasted three times a day to determine what is needed. The wine is then aged for a minimum of 9 months in concrete vats. No oak aging.

Tasting Notes

Our continuous search for the expression of Mendoza’s true identity in our wines has led us to elaborate, for the first time, a blend of three grapes: Malbec, Bonarda and Semillon. These three varieties are recognized by the Argentine wine community for their long history in the region and we believe they are now authentic Mendoza grapes.
This wine has a bright and attractive red color. On the nose, aromas of red fruits and spices prevail, but it also shows subtle citric notes, like fresh tangerine rind. The palate is round with a silky texture and concentrated flavors, an easy-to-drink wine. The finish is linear and refreshing, with a smooth and inviting acidity. This blend is a great pairing with Mediterranean cuisine, eggplant and tomato dishes; and it can also be enjoyed by itself.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2017
Varietal: 48% Bonarda - 45% Malbec - 7% Semillon
Region: Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 5.16 g/l
pH: 3.6
Residual Sugar: 1.89 g/l

Malbec Clásico 2016

Mendoza

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Vineyard

A blend of 100% Malbec grapes harvested by hand from vineyards in Luján 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

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 gaining in great quality and concentration on the wines.
This fresher year was very favorable to the winery’s style: wines with freshness, 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.

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

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.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM Cork
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 4.5 g/l
pH: 3.8
Residual Sugar: 1.96 g/l

Malbec Terroir Uco Valley 2016

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

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 gaining in great quality and concentration on the wines.
This fresher year was very favorable to the winery’s style: wines with freshness, 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.

Winemaking

Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. The grapes are selected from a double selection table before going into 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. It is aged for a minimum of 18 months in concrete pools (75% of the wine) and untoasted large oak foudres (25% of the wine). Ageing for 6 months in the bottle.

Tasting Notes

The freshness of the Uco Valley invades this wine as it shows the ultimate expression of this special wine region in Mendoza. With an intense ruby red color, the nose is fruity and delivers some notes of violets. It has a medium-body palate underpinned by structured tannins, filled with flavors of ripe fruits. The finish is fresh, with a vertical mineral bouquet. It is ideal to pair with Mediterranean cuisine and red meats.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM
Alcohol: 13.2%
Acidity: 5.68 g/l
pH: 3.7
Residual Sugar: 1.70 g/l

Malbec Terroir Lujan de Cuyo 2016

Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza

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Vineyard

The vines are rooted in a high density 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 winery’s style.

Vintage

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 gaining in great quality and concentration on the wines.
This fresher year was very favorable to the winery’s style: wines with freshness, 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.

Winemaking

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. The wine is kept 12 months in the concrete tanks for aging, and another 12 months in the bottle.

Tasting Notes

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 color 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 a 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.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM
Alcohol: 14%
Acidity: 4.75 g/l
pH: 3.9
Residual Sugar: 1.93 g/l

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 Appellation Paraje Altamira 2015

Uco Valley

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Vineyard

100% of this Malbec stems from the alluvial terrace of Paraje Altamira, lying at 1,200 meters above sea level. The soil consists of 3% clay in the fine matrix with limestone covered pebbles and gravels that occupy 85% of the soil volume, giving the wine its elegance and minerality.

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 all our Malbec, even from those sites with high altitude, cool climate and vigorous soils.

Winemaking

The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity into small concrete containers. 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. 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

Structure and finesse is one of the hardest combinations to achieve when making a wine. This Malbec from Paraje Altamira, in the Uco Valley, reunites these characteristics, making us proud. A subtle and graceful wine that is nonetheless also very complex. Its expanding aromas unfold in different layers, with red fruit notes invading the nose on the first approach. Upon that, underbrush notes such as wild arugula and thyme stand out, then showing mineral aromas typical of limestone soils. These soils provide the wine with fine and structured tannins… the tannins that are the very backbone of this Altamira Malbec.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley, Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural Cork
Alcohol: 14%
Acidity: 5.10 g/l
pH: 3.8
Residual Sugar: 1.89 g/l

Malbec Appellation Gualtallary 2014

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. The soil presents 3% of clay in the fine matrix with limestone covered pebbles and gravels that 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.

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

The grapes go through a double selection process and are released be gravity into small concrete containers. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24ºC for 15 days. In order to maintain careful, gentle handling, pumping is not used; the cap is rotated by manual pigeage throughout the fermentation. 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

Fresh red fruit notes, cranberries and wild strawberries are followed by layers of spice, Andean underbrush and herbs. On the palate the sensations broaden, with intensely concentrated fruit moving through the mid-palate on to the finish with crescendo-like effect. The limestone tannins and calcareous soils build a firm but balanced structure in the mouth. A firm, complex wine, showing clear limestone-derived minerality and a long-lasting finish.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2014
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Gualtallary, Uco Valley, Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural cork
Alcohol: 14.5%
Acidity: 4.92 g/l
pH: 3.8
Residual Sugar: 2.47 g/l

Malbec Reserve 2014

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 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 Reserve 2015

Uco Valley

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Vineyard

Grapes from 100% calcareous soils in the Uco Valley; limestones over alluvial deposits of the Tunuyan River in Paraje Altamira and the alluvial with calcareous highlands of Gualtallary. The terraces contain medium pebbles with occasional boulders, covered with calcium carbonate paste of around 7-10% active lime, which contributes to the wine’s structure, texture and long, impressive finish.

Vintage

The 2015 harvest was challenging. 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 from mid-February to March 23rd, picking up all the Malbec, even from the high altitude, cooler climates and vigorous soils.

Winemaking

100% Malbec grapes 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 yeasts. The wine was matured in 3,500 ltr untoasted foudres for 22 months, and 12 months in the bottle.

Tasting Notes

This wine is the clear expression of limestone soils in the Uco Valley. It has a deep ruby red color with violet hues; it is lively and attractive. The nose is complex, expressive and aromatic. This is a vertical Malbec with very fine grain tannins and velvety texture. The palate shows abundant ripe fruit notes and its oak aging only appears subtly in the finish. A long and persistent wine that will open in the glass.

Technical Information

Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural cork
Alcohol: 13.8%
Acidity: 5.7 g/l
pH: 3.78
Residual Sugar: 1.83 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

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

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