Altos Las Hormigas Mendoza Tinto 2018

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Altos Las Hormigas is based in Luján de Cuyo, the first officially recognised appellation in Mendoza and one of the region's premium vine growing areas. The estate is known as a Malbec specialist with a reputation as one of the country's top five producers of this particular variety. Alberto Antonini and fellow Tuscan, Antonio Morescalchi, were so impressed with the vineyards in the area around Mendoza, following their first trip to Argentina in 1995, that they persuaded a few friends to join with them in buying this estate. The estate covers 88 hectares with 56 in production.

This new wine is a blend of the three traditional Mendoza grapes, widely planted and blended before varietally labelled wines came into fashion. While Malbec and Bonarda continue to be the two most planted varieties in Mendoza, Semillon has fallen out of favour, with only 728 hectares left in 2017. In spite of this, winemaker Alberto Antonini believes Semillon is the most suitable white varietal for Mendoza, as it retains its natural acidity in the dry, sunny climate. Grapes for this wine come mainly from vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, with a small percentage coming from Medrano. The region has a semi-desert climate with hot days and cool nights. Soils in Luján de Cuyo have good water drainage and a fine silt-sandy texture. In soils such as these, vines put down deep roots, helping them resist heat waves, which are common during the summer in Mendoza. All work done in the vineyard was conducted according to biodynamic principles.

The complete blend therefore is an unusual 48% Bonarda, 45% Malbec and 7% of the white grape, Semillon. It's a fresher take on Argentine reds and a real joy to drink.

Local Collection

You can order online and collect from the shop. Just select "local pickup" at checkout stage. If we don't have enough stock at the time, please contact us because we store most of our wine elsewhere and can usually get more within a few days.

Local Delivery

Local delivery is FREE for orders over £30 and is available within 10 miles of the shop (GU10 1HR). We typically deliver locally ourselves and if you have a specific delivery request please leave a note in the relevant box at checkout stage. We can't guarantee it but we'll always do our best to accommodate it.

If you would like a guaranteed time such as the morning (when we wouldn't normally be out delivering), then you can place an order through our courier service (see below).

National UK Delivery

We can also deliver nationwide. We process orders Tuesday to Friday and if your order is received before 1pm we can usually get it to you next working day. Again if you have any specific delivery requests please let us know and we'll do our best to help.

 Delivery options Order value Delivery charge Timings
Standard (next day)*

£100+

Below £100

FREE

£13.50

Mon-Fri,

9.00-17.30

Standard pre-12.30

£100+

Below £100

£13.00

£25.50

Mon-Fri,

9.00-12.30

Standard pre-10.30

£100+

Below £100

£17.00

£29.50

Mon-Fri,

9.00-10.30

Isle of Wight**

£100

Below £100

£24.00

£12.50

Mon-Fri,

9.00-17.30

Scottish Highlands & Islands***

£100+

Below £100

£19.50

£33.00

Mon-Fri,

9.00-17.30

Northern Ireland

£100+

Below £100

£25.00

£39.00

Mon-Fri,

9.00-17.30

 

*Next day is not available if ordered on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, in which instance the order will be processed on Tuesday for delivery Wednesday

**Isle of Wight post codes PO30-PO41

***Scottish Highlands & Irelands includes the following post codes: AB37 & AB38, AB41 - AB56, FK19-FK21, HS, IV, KA27-KA28, KW, PA20-PA78, PH15-PH50, ZE 

 

Important Notes

  • For National Delivery you will receive a tracking code for our courier APC as part of your fulfilment confirmation e-mail
  • We cannot deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays
  • If possible, please let us know where your order can be left if you are going to be out
  • Use the appropriate notes box to leave any delivery instructions
  • For National Deliveries if unsuccessful APC will leave a card for you to rearrange your delivery

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Buying 6-11 bottles? Use code PIP6CASE at checkout for a 5% discount.

Buying 12+ bottles? Use code PIP12CASE at checkout for a 10% discount.

NB: This can't be combined automatically with other discount codes, sorry! Contact us and we'll be able to advise further.

Some frequently asked questions.

Yes! If you subscribe to our e-mail newsletter (see below) you can benefit from our same in-store case discounts when buying online.

Buying 6-11 bottles? Use code PIP6CASE at checkout for a 5% discount.

Buying 12+ bottles? Use code PIP12CASE at checkout for a 10% discount.

NB: This can't be combined automatically with other discount codes, sorry! Contact us and we'll be able to advise further if that affects you.

Every wine we sell at Pip comes with our seal of approval and we guarantee that If a wine is corked, faulty, or it's absolutely not for you, we will replace it with a second attempt at the same wine or something else at the same value.

And if you would prefer a refund, please read our full refund policy here.

Of course, and we believe our wines make the perfect gifts. We have gift packaging and can include personalised gift notes. Please write a note in the relevant box during checkout.