Somewhere in my travels I had noticed the Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2010 on a wine by the glass menu. The description had words like “big red and black fruits” and “classic”; I made a different selection at the time, but I was sufficiently tempted and made a note to pick a bottle up. Altos Las Hormigas was founded in 1995 by two Tuscan winemakers looking to invigorate traditional winemaking methodology with a modern approach. They are a “Malbec only house” and are consistently looking for ways to innovate, with a focus on appreciating terrior and their boutique size in order to produce wines with strong personality.
Upon pouring, I noticed a hint of a hot alcohol smell, so re-poured using my trusty aerator as I was in a bit of a rush and didn’t have the time to let the air get at it on its own. Rich purpley dark red in colour, aromas of jammy grapes were supported by earthy shades of dried leaves. The medium to nearly full body possessed plump blueberry and soft plum flavours, whilst traces of stoney minerality zipped about and added a refreshing cleanness. The finish paralled the combination of soft and bright notes within the body by incorporating lush smoky, toasty oak notes and flinty mineral hints. Easy drinking, simple and rustic, this makes for a great glass at the table.