Nose

On the nose, it is very expressive, with intense citric notes, aromas of pineapple and peach. Floral notes are also present on the nose, especially orange blossom.

Palate

The fresh mouth is granted by its balanced acidity and a certain tension given by mineral notes. It has a persistent finish, where the citric notes stand out.

Growing Conditions

Pergola trellised 80-year-old vines. The vineyards are located in the Uco Valley, in an area with deep soils. The valley has a good range of temperatures between day and night, helping the grapes keeping their natural acidity. The 2020 vintage was very dry, with an average of rainfall below Mendoza’s historic records. We had the hottest minimum temperatures of the last ten years, with very hot days, especially before harvest. The weather contributed to concentration in the grapes, providing great potential for winemaking. February brought cooler days, keeping freshness in the bunches, so we rapidly organized the harvesting schedule in order to pick-up the grapes at their optimum ripening level.

Winemaking

Hand-harvested grapes, vinified separately before the final blend, using different processes: one part of the grapes were elaborated using traditional methods, whereas a second part of the grapes were fermented with skins; and a third part, with up to 30% of stems. Both Semillon and Chenin Blanc were fermented with native yeasts in concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation took place on the same vats.

Aging

It was aged for 6 months in concrete vats. No oak was used in the elaboration process.

Appearance

Altos Las Hormigas’ first white wine is a fresh blend of Semillon and Chenin Blanc, two traditional varieties from Mendoza’s Terroir. This wine has a bright yellow color with golden hues.

Food Pairing

This flavorful wine is ideal to enjoy as an aperitif with great personality or to pair it with white meats, light-bodied sauces, and ocean and river fish.