Altos Las Hormigas "Colonia Las Liebres" Mendoza Bonarda 2012
Italian grape originally from Piedmont, Bonarda was brought to Argentina by piedmont immigrants in the first part of the 20th century. In most vineyards Bonarda used to be planted in a mix together with Barbera, many old vineyards are now 100% Bonarda.
This improvement happened throughout decades, with growers slowly replacing Barbera with the best performing Bonarda.
This is the kind of slow process, performed by people whose life was spent in the vineyard, in which we believe to built quality in wine.
Being a grape with a large vegetative cycle it enjoys warm climate and a stable, dry, fall season.
In east Mendoza it’s largely cultivated with high trellising.
This variety tends to overyield, especially in rich soils.
One of our challenges was to get a balanced plant with a reduced yield.