The name refers to Ants - the players doing the heavy lifting at Altos Las Hormigas may be humble by nature, though their reputations are anything but. Foremost among them is Alberto Antonini, winemaker at Tuscan legend Antinori and arguably Italy's leading consultant. Early on (1995) he and fellow Italian Antonio Morescalchi identified the potential of Argentinian Malbec at the top end - both high priced wines and made at high altitudes in Mendoza. Now they and their other expert partners are being proved right. As the world recognises the stunning value and potential of Argentinian wine in general and Malbec in particular, Altos Las Hormigas are twenty years ahead of the curve, with lots of groundwork in place cleaning up their winery, adapting their viticultural techniques and, in particular, developing specific understandings of terroir to place Mendoza alongside the world’s great wine regions. Their top labels from three evelated, lime-rich sites are hardly expensive but speak for themselves as simply some of the most pure and expressive wines of place in the world.
What The Critics Say
94-96/100 Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez (2012 vintage)
"The 2012 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary is produced from 100% Malbec from three different vineyards in Gualtallary, the most calcareous zone within Tupungato in the Uco Valley, a more austere and mineral wine than the Altamira, which feels a little more exuberant. This is restrained and mineral, serious, deep and with imperceptible oak (aged in 3,500-liter foudres). A tour de force Malbec in one of the (if not the) highest potential regions in Argentina. At this quality level this is a real bargain. Drink 2015-2025."
17/20 Jancis Robinson (2012 vintage)
"From the Gualtallary subregion but this is not yet an official appellation. Sandy limestone. Wild terroir. Spicy and nervy. Very new terroir in Mendoza. Dry finish and with real energy. Very dry finish with light, sandy tannins."
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