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Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Vista Flores

2011

Terroir

100% of 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 mineralogy. 5% of clay in the fine matrix allow Malbec to express luscious fruit flavors, as well as a characteristic potency on the palate. A distinct potential which we aim to convey through this wine. Yield: 5.5 To/Ha.

Vinification

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 ltd untoasted Foudres for 18 months, and 12 months in the bottle. There was a coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure no interference with the quality of the wine.

Features

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,while remaining juicy and not overly dry.

Food Pairings

This wine is great with leaner red meats such as bison or ostrich. It pairs well with strong flavours like blue cheese and earthy flavours like mushrooms and cumin spice.

Details

Producer

Altos Las Hormigas

Category

Red

Grapes

100% Malbec

Country / Region

Argentina, Valle de Uco

Size

750ml

Degree of alcohol

14.5%

Available in these provinces

  • British Columbia
  • Alberta

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