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9th June 2013

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Altos Las Hormigas, Malbec Clasico 2012, Argentina
Altos Las Hormigas is a specialist producer, focused on Malbec in the Argentine region of Mendoza. Founded by Italian winemaker Alberto Antonini and partners in the 1990s, they produce a range of Malbec bottlings and, whilst some verge to close to the 'blockbuster' style, I particularly enjoyed this 2012 Clasico with its moderate 14% alcohol. The nose soars from the glass, with a solid raspberry and blackcurrant fruity lift, given more fragrance with floral and gently herbal notes, a touch of game too. It is complex and inviting as the sweet solidity of the fruit washes across the palate, again that red fruit edge and fine acidity ensuring this has energy and life, despite the welter-weight of supple fruit smoothed by vanilla and chocolate. A wine to savour now, but will cellar for a few years too. Watch the video for more information and for specific food matching suggestions. From £9.92, see all UK stockists on wine-searcher.

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