Susana Balbo Wines BenMarco Malbec 2015 | Experience Argentina’s First Woman of Wine
Winemaker Susana Balbo Notes: BenMarco Malbec 2015 is a testament to Uco Valley, from which it hails. While proffering aromas of fresh black fruit and floral notes of violets. The palate shows great balance plus very fine tannins. And a thread of acidity going through its core, lifting it up and going its length. Pair with beef, sausages, spiced or grilled pork, medium-strong cheeses, and meat-based pasta sauces.
JS92 | BenMarco Malbec 2015 is wonderfully perfumed and pure with blackberry and violet aromas. While medium to full body, very fine tannins and a fresh and long finish. Linear and polished. So right now. Drink and enjoy.
RP91| Bright and floral on the nose, this has youthful dark fruit as well as prunes and earthy tones. Lean and fine textured in the mouth. The fruit is a little sweet but there are nice ripe strawberry flavors and a flower-laden finish.
RP91 | There are more notes of aromatic herbs (thyme mainly) in the nose of the 2015 Benmarco Malbec, from a year with an extra degree of freshness compared with 2014. This is also sourced from Los Chacayes and matured in used oak barrels. The palate shows great balance, very fine tannins and a fine thread of acidity going through its core, lifting it up and giving it length.
About BenMarco Wines
In 1999 Winemaker Susana Balbo crafted a line of wines to showcase the ripe fruit expression of her sustainably-farmed Mendoza vineyards. The philosophy is a simple one: grow great grapes and make wines that are true to their place. Susana Balbo Wines practice minimal intervention during the growing season and through harvest allows the true fruit character to develop. Combine this with Susana’s winemaking skills and the result is wines that express the powerful fruit flavors, the ripe tannins and the incredible length and balance that can only come from this one place: Mendoza.
About Winemaker Susana Balbo
Born into a traditional family, Winemaker Susana Balbo reneged on her fate since she was young by applying to study nuclear physics in Bariloche. Being this a very unconventional choice for the time, her parents refused to let her leave Mendoza. From that point, Susana decided to follow the family business (viticulture) professionally. Thus, challenging the contemporary social beliefs, because at that time no women had graduated as winemaker.
AN EXCEPTIONAL CAREER: In 1981 Susana received her degree in enology, and became the first woman in Argentina to do so. Her career started in Cafayate, Salta province at Michel Torino winery where she was in charge of developing and stylizing the Torrontes varietal. Afterward, she worked at many well-regarded wineries such as Martins and Catena Zapata.
In 2012, Susana Balbo was recognized as one of the “Most influential women wine-makers” by The Drink Business magazine. Recently, in 2015, she was awarded by the same magazine as “Woman of the year”.