Guests had the opportunity to taste through Le Sommelier International’s initial selection of Malbecs from Alberto Antonini, one of the world’s most highly respected winemakers and industry influencer. Altos Las Hormigas, founded in 1995 by Alberto and Tuscan entrepreneur Antonio Moresecalchi, has, over the decades, become synonymous some of the greatest expressions of Malbec in Argentina and a tribute to Mendoza’s unique climate and terroir.
The evening started by pouring Altos Las Hormigas’ sister brand, Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda Brut Rosé 2015 (90 points - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate), a totally unique bottling as the first Traditional Method sparkling Bonarda Rosé in the world! 6 months ageing on lees adds greater texture, complexity and freshness to this perfect aperitivo.
The first vintage of a brand new addition to the range, the Altos Las Hormigas Tinto 2017 (91 points - Descorchados) was poured next. This is a wine that captures the Tuscan tradition of blending red and white grapes, using Mendoza’s traditional grape varieties: Malbec, Bonarda and Semillon.
The evening continued with a selection of Altos’ most classic Malbecs:
The Malbec Clasico 2017 is, as the name states, the most classic example of Argentina’s signature grape. This easy-going, juicy Malbec bursting with blackberry and violet flavours suits all palates and occasions!
The Malbec Reserve 2015 shows a big step up in terms of concentration and power, yet remaining highly elegant and poised. It’s fine-grained chalky tannins draw across the palate into a superb lingering finish. The incredible sapidity and pure drinkability of this wine ensure that bottle number two will be just around the corner!
The Malbec Appellation Gualtallary 2016 was the climax of the evening. Coming from the most iconic of all the single appellations of the Uco Valley, this powerful, full bodied and complex wine with exceptional length is perfect for true Malbec lovers.
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