Malbec, ‘Appellation Vista Flores’, Altos Las Hormigas
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.
The grapes go through a double selection process and are released by gravity into small stainless steel tanks for pre-fermentation maceration for 7 days, then fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts. 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 liter untoasted Foudres for 18 months, and then 12 more months in the bottle.
Valle de Uco
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.
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Press & Reviews
The spicier of the appellation Malbecs might be the 2013 Malbec Appellation Vista Flores, also a little riper with juicy cherries and hints of cassis intermixed with the flowery aromas and the elegant minerality found in all of the range. The palate is silky and juicy, very balanced with refined tannins and a slightly bitter finish. Juicy, delicious and subtly mineral. 5,884 bottles produced.
96 - Tim Atkin, MW (not Champagne Guide)
“Unusually for Vista Flores, this vineyard has a high limestone content because of its proximity to a dry creek. Plush and concentrated, but with no new oak influence, this is further proof that this Chilean/Italian winery belongs in Argentina’s first rank. Drink: 2016-22” –Tim Atkin, MW