Altos las Hormigas Malbec Luyan de Cuyo Terroir 2021

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Tasting Notes

Lighter aromatics of black currant with some smokiness. This wine is not very fruity flavor wise either but does have plums, black cherry and black currant that is nicely harmonized with minerality, bittersweet chocolate and a nicely savory  and well harmonized suave texture. This malbec is elegant and deep but not tight and is wrapped in a nice level of smokiness. 


From the Producer: 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.

We purchased 206 hectares (530 acres) in the rural township of Lujan de Cuyo for the future Estate of Altos Las Hormigas.  When the vineyards were planted in 1996 workers faced a stiff altercation with the local ant colonies. The ants loved to feed on the tender sprouts of our newly-planted young vines, often reducing months of man labor to nothing,  all in a single night.  The workers refused to poison the ants and started looking for natural ways to deflect their attention. During this time they commented that the ants were the “real” owners of the place and seemed to cover enormous ground and accomplish great tasks despite their miniscule size. In Argentina we have a saying: “un trabajo de hormigas” or “a job for ants” which describes a humble, patient, and dedicated work. We decided to name our venture after the hard-working, team-playing hormiga, which is emblematic of our history and has become a symbol of good luck.

Argentina , Mendoza
Grape Varietal:
100% Malbec
$18.00 each
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