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Benegas Lynch Finca Libertad

Benegas Finca Libertad is the top wine in Federico's "super premium range" consisting of a blend of one third each Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

A master work in the art of blending from old and very old vines grown at Finca Libertad, Benegas's own estate on the upper bank of the old Mendoza River in Maipu. 34% Cabernet Sauvignon (80 years old), 33% Cabernet Franc (120 years old) and 33% Merlot (40 years old) are vinified separately with 50% of each undergoing malolactic in 1st use French oak barrels. Each wine is then aged for 10 months in barrel, then blended, then aged for a further 10 months prior to release. A beautiful, complex, elegant wine with more than a nod to Bordeaux (from a very good vintage!)

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Varietal Composition:

Blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot.

Grapes Origin:

Selection of the best parcels from our Finca Libertad, Mendoza Upper River Bank (850 meters above sea level), Cruz de Piedra, Maipu, Mendoza. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were planted 88 years ago, our Cabernet Franc were planted 128 years ago and the Merlot grapes were planted 40 years ago by the Benegas Family.

Harvest Time:

Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are picked at the end of April, the Merlot is picked at the end of March.

Winemaking Process:

Prefermentative cold maceration. Fermentation in tank at 25°C (77°F). Post fermentation maceration for two weeks. Racking and natural malolactic fermentation. All the varietals were produced separately finishing the malolactic fermentation in news French oak barrels.


18 months in French oak barrels.






5 gr/l



Tasting Notes:


Deep red vermilion with ruby nuances.


The intensity of these three varietals in equal proportions gives as a result a very expressive wine. The black and red fruit with white pepper from the Cabernet Sauvignon and the toasted red pepper of the cabernet franc are mingled with the cherries of the merlot and the herbal and fresh notes of all the components. The oak ageing grants vanilla, toast and smoky notes.


Powerful wine with ripe and juicy tannins. In the middle palate it exhibits layers where all the aromas appear and join the wine giving it elegance and a very expressive finish which is long and persistent.

Ageing Capacity:

15 years.

Drinking Temperature:

Between 15°C - 17°C (59°F - 63°F).

Food Pairing:

Due to its characteristics of complexity and evolution, this wine pairs very well with game slowly cooked as well as barbecues and complex sauces. It also matches well with sheep and cow hard cheeses.

More Information
Location Mendoza, Argentina
Winery Bodega Benegas
Winery status Family owned winery
Winemaker Federico Benegas, Michel Rolland
Annual production Tiny
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
Style Old world Bordeaux
ABV 15
Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2009
Free sulphur
Percentage score 90
Sulphite level Very Low
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