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Altos Las Hormigas Malbec ‘Appellation Gualtallary’ 2018

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Vintage: 2018
  • WA 97
  • JS 94
  • TA 96
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    These vines, for  Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Gualtallary 2018, 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.

    4 reviews for Altos Las Hormigas Malbec ‘Appellation Gualtallary’ 2018

    1. WA

      The site-specific 2018 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary comes from specific soils, two plots that they believe transmit the maximum expression of limestone to Malbec, giving a structured wine with fine-grained tannins but a little wild. The vines are on stony and gravelly soils with a high percentage of limestone and sand with around 3% clay at 1,300 meters in altitude. The grapes fermented in small concrete vats with indigenous yeasts at some 25 degrees Celsius for 15 days. It matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 18 months and no less than 12 months in bottle. This comes from sandy soils and very low yields that give it chalkier tannins and a savage way. This has a slightly rustic touch, vertical and with some lightness. There’s always a fresh touch of aromatic herbs (thyme and rockrose), with a textured palate and very tasty and clean flavors in the finish. 20,600 bottles were filled in September 2019.

    2. JS

       Pretty, floral and crushed-fruit aromas with raspberry, blueberry, hibiscus and citrus zest. Olives, dried spices and gravel, too. Toasted oak. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, silky tannins and bright acidity. Wonderfully fresh and layered. Drink or hold.

    3. TA

      Produced from a rented parcel of three hectares in Gualtallary, this is a consistently outstanding wine from the Altos Las Hormigas team. It shows the structure and intensity that is a feature of Malbecs from this end of the Uco Valley but with red rather than more customary black fruit flavours. Lavender and rosemary aromas lead you into a palate with fine tannins, fresh acidity and delightful length.

    4. VIN

      The most accomplished of the Appellation wines, because Gualtallary is a region where grapes can ripen earlier without losing their greener qualities, something that the aging in foudres makes no effort to conceal – the opposite, in fact. Bright purple in color. Reductive thyme and wet stone notes stand out on the nose, and sour cherry follows on behind. The austere palate is taut as a high wire, while the flavors are sustained by the freshness, which comes in a chalky coating. Austere with basic, primary flavors. I opened three bottles of this wine before really beginning to understand it. Requires plenty of thought. Good cellar potential.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WA 97
    Wine Advocate
    The site-specific 2018 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary comes from specific soils, two plots that they believe transmit the maximum expression of limestone to Malbec, giving a structured wine with fine-grained tannins but a little wild. The vines are on stony and gravelly soils with a high percentage of limestone and sand with around 3% clay at 1,300 meters in altitude. The grapes fermented in small concrete vats with indigenous yeasts at some 25 degrees Celsius for 15 days. It matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 18 months and no less than 12 months in bottle. This comes from sandy soils and very low yields that give it chalkier tannins and a savage way. This has a slightly rustic touch, vertical and with some lightness. There's always a fresh touch of aromatic herbs (thyme and rockrose), with a textured palate and very tasty and clean flavors in the finish. 20,600 bottles were filled in September 2019.
    JS 94
    James Suckling
     Pretty, floral and crushed-fruit aromas with raspberry, blueberry, hibiscus and citrus zest. Olives, dried spices and gravel, too. Toasted oak. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, silky tannins and bright acidity. Wonderfully fresh and layered. Drink or hold.
    TA 96
    Tim Atkins
    Produced from a rented parcel of three hectares in Gualtallary, this is a consistently outstanding wine from the Altos Las Hormigas team. It shows the structure and intensity that is a feature of Malbecs from this end of the Uco Valley but with red rather than more customary black fruit flavours. Lavender and rosemary aromas lead you into a palate with fine tannins, fresh acidity and delightful length.

    What does Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 'Appellation Gualtallary' 2018 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Smooth
    Tannic
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, smoke

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, red fruit, raspberry

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, vanilla, tobacco

    apple

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, black fruit, plum

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, thyme, savory

    toast, burnt sugar, hazelnut

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus

    cream, cheese, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    red bell pepper, tomato

    prune, fig, dried blackberry

    bubblegum

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, jasmine, perfume

    Food Pairing with Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 'Appellation Gualtallary' 2018

    Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 'Appellation Gualtallary' 2018 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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