Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2017, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

The vines are rooted in a high density organic vineyard polygon in the Lujan de Cuyo estate. The preparation of the soil included the addition of hummus, along with water management and organic coverage from day one, aiming for the roots to develop deep into the soil; a key factor to obtain wines with good quality and natural freshness, especially in warm climates. The soil here presents almost no clay but a great presence of limestone, ideal characteristics for the winery’s style. Winemaking: 100% Malbec grapes hand-picked from an organic certified own vineyard. The grapes are released by gravity into small concrete tanks where the alcoholic fermentation takes place. The juice is fermented using native yeasts, at 24-28 degrees C for 12 days. The wine is kept 18 months in the concrete tanks for aging, and 6 months in the bottle. Tasting notes: It displays a deep violet red color with purple hues. The nose is subtle, with aromas of red fruits and soft mineral notes. As the wine opens it shows some notes of mendocinian underbrush and lemon thyme. The palate is fresh, with notes of violets. Fine grain tannins reveal the limestone soils it comes from. It has a long and elegant finish, where the wine shows its structure and minerality. Ideal to pair with roasted red meats and spicy dishes.