Susana Balbo Benmarco Malbec

This the Susana Balbo Benmarco Malbec 2015 from the Uco Valley - please don't confuse it with the cheaper lower quality offering on sale at Majestic Wines, they are completely different wines. This is something special, the label is similar ("Malbec" is on top left on this one, on the bottom right on the cheap one) but the wines are miles apart in quality!

92 Points - Tim Atkin 2017

92 Points - James Suckling 2017

94 Points - Deschorado's 2016

91 Points - eRobert Parker 2016

One of my favourite Susana Balbo wines, along with Expessivo and Nosotros of course! The secret to this excellent Malbec is the fruit is all from Vista Flores in the Uco Valley, regarded as the best vineyard site in all Argentina. Plus the Benmarco project has been in the hands of Edy del Popolo, making premium fruit driven wines. This is big and powerful in the typical Argentine style we have all come to love. Fruit, power, oak, acidity all in balance.

The grapes were hand picked of course, left on the lees for a full month with regular battonage, and underwent full malolactic fermentation before being tansferred to second fill French oak for 11 months. This process extracted maximum colour and flavour yet kept the oak in check to make sure it complemented the wine and didn't overpower it.

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92 Points - Tim Atkin 2017

92 Points - James Suckling 2017

94 Points - Deschorado's 2016

91 Points - eRobert Parker 2016

Below are the notes for the 2014 vintage. We have just moved onto the 2015.

"BenMarco Malbec is testament to Uco Valley where it hails from, proffering a bouquet of fresh black fruit, floral notes of violets with bright acidity, firm tannins and great length."

VARIETALS 100% Malbec.

REGIONS Los Chacayes (Uco Valley) ELEVATION 1.110 m AMSL

HARVEST METHOD Hand-Harvested

VINIFICATION Selected yeast. Max. Temp. 28° C. 30 days of contact with the skins. Sur lees conservation with batonage. Complete malolactic fermentation.

ANALYTICS

ALCOHOL 14.5%

ACIDITY 5.2 g/l

OAK AGING 11 months, 100% second use French oak.

WINEMAKER NOTES Los Chacayes is an extraordinary Terroir. Its sandy loam and rocky soils guarantee good permeability, limit plants growth and assure perfect ripeness. BenMarco Malbec is a testament to Uco Valley where it hails from, proffering a bouquet of fresh black fruit, floral notes of violets, with bright acidity, firm tannins and great length.

More Information
Location Uco Valley, Mendoza
Winery Susana Balbo
Winery status Large family winery
Winemaker Edy del Popolo
Grapes Malbec
Product awards 92 Points - Tim Atkin, 91 points - Robert Parker, 92 points - James Suckling 94 Points - Deschorados
Gold Medals
Style Silky smooth
ABV 14
Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2015
Free sulphur
Percentage score 91
Sulphite level Medium Low
John's Rating
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