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Altos Las Hormigas Paraje Altamira Los Amantes Malbec 2021

Size: 750ml

Decanter: 98, James Suckling: 98, Wine Advocate: 98

"Los Amantes, a wine issued of a single parcel of their estate in Uco Valley, where they find an extraordinary balance of components. The aromatics are those of a unique vineyard marked by biodiversity, beyond varietal character. This wine has substantial aging potential of up to 30 years." —winemaker
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"The new top-of-the-range 2021 Jardín de Hormigas Los Amantes was produced with organic grapes from plot number 15 in their Jardín Altamira property, 1.2 hectares where there are some 80 centimeters of topsoil rich in silt that gives the balance between meat and bones and then big granite rocks with limestone, the big bones. The big bones require a little more meat, so a little more soil... It fermented with 15% whole clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 15 months. It has 13.5% alcohol and keeps very good freshness and balance. This felt very different from the Appellation Altamira (which was also from a different vintage), more aromatic, with lots of flowers, with lots of layers and personality, which is impressive for vines planted in 2017. Place before age... It's balanced and expressive, with very fine tannins and a dry finish. The place even before the variety... It's elegant and ethereal with grip from the chalky tannins. It's impressive how noble the variety is and how the young vines can produce a wine with this depth. SUPER ELEGANT. A great debut!" —Wine Advocate

"Altos Las Hormigas’ newest wine comes from a small parcel less than a hectare in size. A raw Malbec that offers an authentic expression of Paraje Altamira’s mineral character, it was made in concrete with native yeasts before ageing in 3,500-litre casks for 15 months. The rich aromatic profile features sweet and sour cherry with floral notes and a whiff of gunpowder; while in the mouth it’s vibrant with a chalky, mineral texture." —Decanter

"Wow. This is incredible new wine from a single parcel of malbec has strawberry, red berry, orange peel and light mineral character. It goes on and on. It’s medium-bodied with tannins that are perfectly integrated and a long, long finish. Fermented in concrete and aged one year in cask and one and half years in bottle." —James Suckling

"The new top-of-the-range 2021 Jardín de Hormigas Los Amantes was produced with organic grapes from plot number 15 in their Jardín Altamira property, 1.2 hectares where there are some 80 centimeters of topsoil rich in silt that gives the balance between meat and bones and then big granite rocks with limestone, the big bones. The big bones require a little more meat, so a little more soil... It fermented with 15% whole clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 15 months. It has 13.5% alcohol and keeps very good freshness and balance. This felt very different from the Appellation Altamira (which was also from a different vintage), more aromatic, with lots of flowers, with lots of layers and personality, which is impressive for vines planted in 2017. Place before age... It's balanced and expressive, with very fine tannins and a dry finish. The place even before the variety... It's elegant and ethereal with grip from the chalky tannins. It's impressive how noble the variety is and how the young vines can produce a wine with this depth. SUPER ELEGANT. A great debut!" —Wine Advocate

"Altos Las Hormigas’ newest wine comes from a small parcel less than a hectare in size. A raw Malbec that offers an authentic expression of Paraje Altamira’s mineral character, it was made in concrete with native yeasts before ageing in 3,500-litre casks for 15 months. The rich aromatic profile features sweet and sour cherry with floral notes and a whiff of gunpowder; while in the mouth it’s vibrant with a chalky, mineral texture." —Decanter

"Wow. This is incredible new wine from a single parcel of malbec has strawberry, red berry, orange peel and light mineral character. It goes on and on. It’s medium-bodied with tannins that are perfectly integrated and a long, long finish. Fermented in concrete and aged one year in cask and one and half years in bottle." —James Suckling

Products specifications
Attribute nameAttribute value
ABV13.90 %
Size750ml
Vintage2021
Wine specifications
Wine CountryArgentina
Wine RegionMendoza
Wine Sub RegionUco Valley
Wine TypeRed Wine
Wine VarietalMalbec
Rating specification
Decanter98
James Suckling98
Wine Advocate98
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Products specifications
Attribute nameAttribute value
ABV13.90 %
Size750ml
Vintage2021
Wine specifications
Wine CountryArgentina
Wine RegionMendoza
Wine Sub RegionUco Valley
Wine TypeRed Wine
Wine VarietalMalbec
Rating specification
Decanter98
James Suckling98
Wine Advocate98