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!)
Blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot.
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.
Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are picked at the end of April, the Merlot is picked at the end of March.
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.
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.
Between 15°C - 17°C (59°F - 63°F).
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.
|Winery status||Family owned winery|
|Winemaker||Federico Benegas, Michel Rolland|
|Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.|
|Style||Old world Bordeaux|
|Sulphite level||Very Low|