Terroir Expressions Hostage Altamira Single Vineyard Malbec 2018 750mL JS93Points-James Suckling
This perfect expression of malbec is hand picked in the heart of the Uco Valley in the sub-region of Paraje Altamira and aged for 12 months in oak barrels. A juicy malbec with red fruit, polished tannins, and firm acidity that gives it life and especially nerve. It has a special elegance that distinguishes it. A subtle look at Altamira with berry, mushroom and wet-earth character. Subtle and thought-provoking.
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Altamira is located in the department of San Carlos, the southernmost of the 3 that integrate the Uco Valley. It is not a district, nor a town, but it is more of a place, an incredible place actually that seems to be taken out of an old tale, with the imposing Andes mountains to the west, providing a buffer between the region and the verdant chilean valleys.
Vines have been grown for almost a hundred years here and it has long been important to some of Mendoza’s most prestigious producers for it had “something different”. Old vinters already intuited it has something to do with the big white rocks underground, to be blamed for their broken shovels, and the cold weather typical of a high altitude place – more than 1.100 meters above sea level.
But it wasn´t until 2013 that the first serious studies were conducted, which helped Paraje Altamira to become an IG- Geographic Indication- for Argentina. See, it turned out that the soil in this region was indeed different from others of the Uco Valley, with great presence of lime and clay which keeps the soil cooler, and rocks with a calcareous cover within a meter down which means roots, especially from old vineyards, constantly interact with them. High altitude, incredible sunlight exposure, thermal amplitude and irrigation with pure snowmelt water completes the amazing combo for the wines coming from Altamira. These wines offer firm structure and a mineral sensation in the mouth, but also hints of herbs and flowers, and juicy red fruits that simply makes Malbec perfect.
This is very Altamira with berry, mushroom and wet-earth character. Yet, it’s reserved and polished with beautiful tannins and balance.