Altos Las Hormigas is based in Luján de Cuyo the only officially recognised appellation in Mendoza and one of the region's premier vine growing areas.
The estate is known as a Malbec specialist with a reputation as one of the country's top five producers of this particular variety. Alberto Antonini and fellow Tuscan Antonio Morescalchi were so impressed with the vineyards in the area around Mendoza following their first trip to Argentina in 1995 that they persuaded a few friends to join with them in buying this estate. The estate covers 216 hectares of which 40 were planted between 1996 and 1999
The fruit for the Clásico is from vineyards in Luján de Cuyo with fine silty-sandy soils with good drainage, which encourages deep root development. The area has a semi-desert climate with little rainfall and hot days and cool nights. The soils are deep which delays ripening and avoids hydrological stress.
The 2018 vintage can be described as a classic year for Mendoza Malbec. Low rainfall and cool temperatures in the harvest months of February to April gave rise to fruit with optimal ripeness, smooth tannins and fresh natural acid.
Grapes from different vineyards were vinified separately. After a careful double sorting process, the grapes were gently pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in order to express the character of each of the selected vineyards. Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks between 24-28°C for 10 days. Each tank was tasted three times a day to determine what was needed, and the wine was blended. The wine was then aged for a minimum of nine months in concrete vats.
This Malbec is deep violet-red in colour. The nose displays characteristic notes of red fruits, plums, strawberries and subtle notes of peppermint. This wine is all about freshness - the palate is supple and juicy, with soft but structured tannins and a long finish.