Altos Las Hormigas S.A.V.I. Y.C.

Cap. de Frag. Moyano 57, 5500 Mendoza
Argentina

Telephone +54 9261 4243727
info@altoslashormigas.com

This company is co-exhibitor of
Smart-Wines GmbH

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.04  SOUTH AMERICA
  • 01.04.01  Argentina
  • 01.04.01.02  CUYO
  • 01.04.01.02.05  Zona Alta del Río Mendoza

Zona Alta del Río Mendoza

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.04  SOUTH AMERICA
  • 01.04.01  Argentina
  • 01.04.01.02  CUYO
  • 01.04.01.02.06  Zona del Valle de Uco

Our products

Product category: Zona Alta del Río Mendoza

MALBEC CLÁSICO 2015

MENDOZA

VINEYARD
A blend of 100% Malbec grapes harvested by hand from vineyards in Medrano, Lujan de Cuyo, and the Uco Valley in a smaller percentage. The area has a semi-desert climate with hot days and cool nights. We choose deep, fresh soils, to delay ripening, and avoid hydrological stress. These are sandy loams where the clay component provides mineral nutrients and water retention, while the sand component prevents the silt and clay part from compacting excessively, and guarantees water drainage. In this climate we avoid soils with abundant superficial gravel, which increases the warming effect and might shorten the ripening season – which we rely on to give our Malbec its intensity and flavor.

VINTAGE
The 2015 harvest can be summed up as a kind of a bipolar one. November, December and January had extremely high temperatures which accelerated the ripening process in the vineyards. These temperatures and quick ripening can dramatically decrease the level of natural acidity in the fruit, as sugar levels rise. In order to avoid this we decided to harvest 15 days earlier than the established date. Taking the window of opportunity from mid February to March 23rd, we picked up all the Malbec, even from the high altitude, cooler climates and vigorous soils.

WINEMAKING
Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. After a careful, double sorting process, the grapes are softly pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in order to express each of the selected vineyard. Fermentation takes place in separate stainless steel tanks between 24-28°C for 10 days. Each tank is tasted three times a day to determine what is needed. The wine is then aged for 12 months in concrete vats.

TASTING NOTES
The joyful and fresh expression of Mendoza is in this Malbec. Red fruits, cherries and a soft note of plums that have just been picked up from the tree. This wine is all about freshness. The palate is supple and juicy, inviting to enjoy glass after glass. Soft but structured tannins and a pleasant finish. Three words can describe this Malbec perfectly: freshness, joy and vitality. Can be paired with light fare or heavier dishes, but also can be enjoyed alone. The ideal service temperature is 64°F – 18°C.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Medrano, Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM Cork
Alcohol: 13.3%
Acidity: 5.25 g/l
pH: 3.72
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

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Product category: Zona del Valle de Uco

MALBEC TERROIR 2015

UCO VALLEY

VINEYARD
100% Uco Valley. Grapes are harvested by hand from a blend of high density vineyards located in the sub region of La Consulta as well as two areas in Tupungato. These are gravelly, alluvial soils with abundant stones, but with limited active limestone presence.

VINTAGE
The 2015 harvest can be summed up as a kind of a bipolar one. November, December and January had extremely high temperatures which accelerated the ripening process in the vineyards. These temperatures and quick ripening can dramatically decrease the level of natural acidity in the fruit, as sugar levels rise. In order to avoid this we decided to harvest 15 days earlier than the established date. Taking the window of opportunity from mid February to March 23rd, we picked up all the Malbec, even from the high altitude, cooler climates and vigorous soils.

WINEMAKING
Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. The grapes are selected from a double selection table before going to small stainless steel tanks. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 24-28°C for 12 days. Each tank is tasted three times a day to determine what is needed. 50% of this Malbec is aged in concrete pools for 12 months, 25% in stainless steel vats, and 25% is aged in untoasted large oak foudres.

TASTING NOTES
Coming from a careful selection of grapes from the oldest geological part of Uco Valley, this Malbec shows a ruby red colour with violet hints, typical of high altitude. Delicate fruity notes appear first in the nose, gaining complexity as the wine opens up, to show more firm scents of violet and red cherries. It has a fresh entry in the palate, underpinned by its succulent natural acidity. Gentle mineral notes spread through the mouth as the wine unfolds, granting a round, balanced, long finish. It is ideal to pair with Mediterranean cuisine and red meats.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: DIAM Cork
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 4.72 g/l
pH: 3.7
Residual Sugar: 1.84 g/l

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Product category: Zona del Valle de Uco

APPELLATION GUALTALLARY 2013

UCO VALLEY

VINEYARD
100% of this Malbec stems from the loamy soils of
Gualtallary, 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.

VINTAGE
The lack of spring rains and the absence of extensive frosts allowed a very
good blooming of the vines, while hail damages – a constant threat for highaltitude
vineyards – were negligible. The growing season has been uneven,
starting with high temperatures and becoming cooler later on. The heat
came back before the beginning of the harvest, but then a cold wave hit
Mendoza at the middle of March, resulting in a slow maturation. Therefore
grapes were showing admirable level of acidity, lower alcohol content and
fine tannins.

WINEMAKING
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 ltr 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.

TASTING NOTES
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.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Region: Uco Valley - Mendoza
Winemakers: Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Leonardo Erazo
Closure: Natural Cork
Alcohol: 14.5%
Acidity: 5.1 g/l
pH: 3.7
Residual Sugar: <1.8 g/l

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About us

Company details

In 1995 Alberto Antonini, a well-known Tuscan winemaker, and Antonio Morescalchi, a young entrepreneur, took a trip to visit the burgeoning wine areas of South America. It only took one stop to find what they were looking for. They were immediately impressed by the vineyards thriving in the high altitude and dry climate of Mendoza, and were captivated by the whispered traditions and blend of cultures.

They returned to Tuscany powerfully impressed not only by the region, but also by the unexplored potential of Malbec, a grape that had a strong local tradition but was largely ignored and misunderstood.  While the rest of the wine world saw Mendoza struggling to shed its bulk wine image, the two young Italians saw Mendoza as a place where traditional viticultural values and unblemished land could be reinvigorated with a modern winemaking approach and international experience. Instead of planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as many others were doing during the 1990s, the team decided to invest their confidence in Malbec. Today, Malbec is the varietal for which Argentina is best known.

Against all odds they cemented their vision to become Terroir Specialists Shortly after, two friends and business partners, also enthused by the idea, joined the venture: Attilio Pagli, a renowned Tuscan winemaker with two 100 point-scoring wines in his personal record and Carlos Vazquez, an Argentine Agronomist, who work for 20 years with the early Catena group, planting new varieties, developing previously unknown vineyard sites and contributing greatly to the qualitative change of Argentine viticulture early on.

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