Malbec, ‘Appellation Gualtallary’, Altos Las Hormigas
These Malbec vines grow in Gualtallary’s loamy soils, lying at 1,300 meters above sea level. 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.
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.
Valle de Uco
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.
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Press & Reviews
The 2013 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary is sourced from vineyards planted at 1,300 meters altitude in Gualtallary, the highest part of Tupungato in the Uco Valley, where the soils are eminently chalky and the wines are pure, fresh and supple, like this example. The wine fermented in small stainless steel vats and matured in 3,500-liter French oak foudres for some 18 months, which seems to be the new standard for élevage at Las Hormigas. The nose delivers what the appellation and vintage should be: an elegant, fresh, fruit- and soil-driven red, with a medium body. However, the palate is surprisingly dry, with earthy tannins that kind of flattens the otherwise serious and balanced palate. 11,196 bottles produced.
96 - Tim Atkin, MW (not Champagne Guide)
“The most aromatic and the most refined of Altos’ sub-regional Malbecs, this is sourced from comparatively young vineyards. Scented, subtle and very chalky, it’s a classic example of a new style of Argentinean Malbec. Textured and very pure, this is classy winemaking from Alberto Antonini and his team. Drink: 2016-22” –Tim Atkin, MW