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
92/100 Tim Aitkin
"Made in what Leo Erazo says is “the old style” with little or no oak and low alcohol, this is a pan-regional Malbec blend that is driven by freshness and fruit purity. Nuanced and balanced, it’s very much a food-oriented style.”
90/100 James Suckling
“A juicy and fruity wine with orange peel, ripe-fruit and hints of flowers. Medium body and a delicate style. Drink now.”
Parker's Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez
"The juicy and unoaked 2015 Malbec Clásico represents the variety in the Mendoza province, with bright red fruit, approachable and easy to understand through sourcing grapes from different zones, but looking for cooler soils rich in sand and with some clay and lime. 2015 represents a big change for this bottling, which has a higher percentage of grapes from the Valle de Uco. The destemmed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel and the wine was kept in concrete vats for one year before bottling. The fruit is ripe, fruit-driven, with a juicy palate, with fine tannins and subdued minerality. The wine is subtle and balanced, easy to drink. An improvement over past vintages. This has to be one of the best values in Mendoza. There are eight different lots, totaling some 750,000 bottles -- I tasted with Pedro Parra, one of the partners at Altos Las Hormigas and a renowned expert in soils. They are in a continual change, but the wine that has changed more this time is the Malbec Clásico, which is now produced with a high percentage of grapes from limestone soils from the Valle de Uco. They have also stopped producing the Vista Flores appellation, but might release more bottlings from Gualtallary in the future." Drink 2016 - 2018
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