Malbec "Appellation Gualtallary", Mendoza, Altos Las Hormigas 75cl

Malbec "Appellation Gualtallary", Mendoza, Altos Las Hormigas 75cl

Nimi: Malbec "Appellation Gualtallary", Mendoza, Altos Las Hormigas 75cl

Riik/regioon: Argentiina, Mendoza

Tootja: Altos Las Hormigas

Aastakäik: 2013

Mari: 100% Malbec

Alkoholisisaldus: 14,5% vol.

Tootekood: 1108

Hinnaklass: €€

100% of this Malbec stems from the loamy soils of Gualtallary in the Uco Valley, lying at 1,300 meters above sea level. There, 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 litre 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.

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.

Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo

2013:

Antonio Galloni 95 p
Stephen Tanzer 92 p

2014:

Tim Atkin 97 p
Robert Parker 95 p
Guia Penin 93 p
James Suckling 92 p