2019 Altos Las Hormigas Terroir Malbec, Uco Valley, Argentina (750ml)
Coming from a careful selection of grapes from the oldest geological part of Uco Valley, this Malbec shows a bright red colour with indigo hints. The nose is wide and intense, with aromas of plum and black cherry fruit, as well as notes of spices, cinnamon, eucalyptus and clove. This is a fresh, elegant and subtle wine, with great texture. Tannins are balanced and deliver a round, juicy mouthfeel that makes one want to pour another glass. Ideal to pair with Mediterranean cuisine and red meats.
The classical red 2019 Malbec Terroir Luján de Cuyo was produced with certified organic grapes from their property, selected from places with almost no clay and more limestone. Seventy-five percent of the volume was kept in the concrete tanks, where it fermented for 18 months, while the rest matured in 3,500-liter oak foudres. This has 13.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.74, and it's juicy and balanced, with a similitude with the Malbec Classico. It's from 24 hectares planted on their property, and this is selected from a small plot that has some calcium carbonate. It has a touch of herbs, fresh blood and meat, an iron twist, with complexity and a fine-boned palate with fine tannins and a long, dry finish. The oak is very neatly integrated and folded into the wine, really unnoticeable.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 pts.
Black cherries and plums with a darker tone to the fruit and some white pepper. Medium body with a plump, round mouth-feel. Polished, smooth tannins to close. Soft-spoken and understated.
- James Suckling, 91 pts.
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