Malbec, ‘Appellation Altamira’, Altos Las Hormigas
This Malbec grows in the alluvial terrace of Altamira, lying at 1,200 meters above sea level, where limestone 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.
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 further months in the bottle.