Wine Advocate 89 points - The juicy and unoaked 2014 Malbec Clasico has a captivating, perfumed nose of violets, lilies and ripe cherries. It’s all berries and flowers with a juicy palate. This is simply delicious and a real bargain for the quality it delivers. One to buy by the case. Bravo! (Sep 2015)
The property is situated in the township of Lujan de Cuyo. Altos Las Hormigas - Ants Heights, mission is to build quality trough a patient work. Ant is the symbol and good luck charm. In Mendoza the winery has found the place where traditional values of wine can be reinvigorated with a modern approach, to produce a unique, contemporary wine. Altos Las Hormigas is about exploring new and old ways of making wine, study tradition, in order to innovate. The working method is the continuous effort to combine the care and dedication together with cosmopolite knowledge of techniques and an eye open on Technological and Scientific advance. The winery believes that wine is produced partly by the talent of nature and partly by the talent of man. Wine can be a very pleasant example of a possible harmony between man and nature.
|During the 15 days fermentation-maceration process the must is pumped and punched down for optimal extraction. The 50% of the wine stays in first use American oak and a 10% in second use French oak. The wine is the bottled without any form of stabilization or filtration, in order to not to alter quality, and is sold after three months of bottle age.
Yearly production is about 700,000 bottles.
|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.