2015 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserva
2015 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserva This 2015 wine is the clear expression of limestone soils in the Uco Valley. It has a deep ruby red color with violet hues; it is lively and attractive. The nose is complex, expressive and aromatic. This is a vertical Malbec with very fine grain tannins and velvety texture. The palate shows abundant ripe fruit notes and its oak aging only appears subtly in the finish. A long and persistent wine that will open in the glass.
Malbec is a black-skinned grape variety native to South West France (specifically the area around Cahors), but now better known as the iconic wine grape of Argentina. Through its success in the vineyards of Mendoza, in a few short decades Malbec has shot from relative obscurity to international fame, simultaneously bringing newfound attention and respect to Argentina as a wine-producing nation.
Malbec typically ripens midway through the growing season and produces small, intensely colored grapes. As it is so sensitive to its growing environment, the level of ripeness has a considerable effect on the structure of the eventual wine.
Broadly speaking, French Malbec tends to be more meaty, rustic and tannic, while examples from
Argentina seem to be uniformly rich, ripe, jammy and juicy. On both sides of the Atlantic, Malbec wines are generally aged in oak to enhance the wine’s structure and aging potential.
In France, Malbec is the flagship grape of Cahors. It must constitute a minimum of 70 percent of any AOC Cahors wine, accompanied by rich, round Merlot and rustic, tannic Tannat.
It is also a common ingredient in red wines from Bordeaux, as a constituent of the classic Bordeaux Blend. In both of these regions the variety has traditionally gone by its local name – Côt – but, due to the success of Malbec in Argentina, it is increasingly known by this more internationally recognized name.