Benegas Lynch Malbec
James Suckling 93 Points
Benegas Malbec is the flagship Malbec from Federico, from some of the oldest vineyards in Argentina at Finca La Encerrada in Gualtallary, Uco Valley. Aged for 18 months in French oak then just one year in bottle before release, this is a "youthful" wine for Federico! This was done to retain the purity of the fruit, although the wine is still firm and muscular. James Suckling recommends drinking now although this wine will age for many years if you prefer to lay it down.
A new wine for Federico, and the 2013 is the first vintage brought into the UK. Many of you will know just how good his Meritage and Cabernet Franc are - well he has released this single vineyard Malbec as part of the same flagship range.
Fermented in first fill French oak where it remained for 18 months, with a further year in bottle prior to release.
Finca La Encerrada, Gualtallary, Tupungato, Uco Valley Mendoza. At 1450 mts above the sea level.
Second half of April
Cold maceration. Fermentation at 25º C. Fermentative maceration during 20 days. Malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels and after this, ageing in the same for 18 months. One year of bottle ageing
18 months in new French oak barrels and one year bottle ageing.
alcohol:15,70. pH: 3,67. Acidity: 5,61.
Brilliant intense red colour with the typical violet hues of the malbec..
At the beginning ripe fruit notes appear such as strawberries and plums. After this, the flower notes emerge, especially violets which are typical of the coldest regions of Uco Valley. Some lactic notes appear as a result of its fermentation and ageing in barrels.
Powerful wine of round and marked tannins of great character, excellent balance and long persistence in the palate. The ageing in wood grants the necessary silkness to put together all the range of descriptors that the wine has developed during fermentation, including the tobacco and the raw leather.
Ageing capacity :
10 - 15 years
We recommend to serve this wine between 17 and 18 C
Ideal to match with lamb and red meat barbecues. It also pairs very well with soft cream cheeses such as brie and camembert.
|Winery status||Family owned winery|
|Winemaker||Federico Benegas, Michel Rolland|
|Product awards||James Suckling 93 Points|
|Style||Old world Bordeaux|
|Sulphite level||Very Low|