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.