Bodega Benegas Luna Cabernet Sauvignon
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Grapes are sourced from estate vineyard Finca Libertad, Mendoza Upper River Bank (850 meters above sea level).
- This is a blend of young vineyards descendants of the old vineyards planted in 1935 by the Benegas Family.
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Elaboration: Pre-fermentation cold maceration. Fermentation in tank at 25°C (77°F). Post fermentation maceration for two weeks. Burst and natural malolactic fermentation. Aged for 8 to 10 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Intense deep dark red color with reflections of brick. Brilliant with great body and structure. Intense aromas of black fruits such as blackberries, reminiscent of olives and black pepper and subtle herbaceous notes. Powerful on the palate, with pronounced tannins. In the middle palate it shows a good balance between acidity, tannins and alcohol. With a long and elegant finish.
2020 – 90 James Suckling
Finca Libertad is planted in an old riverbed, located on the edge of the Alto Río Mendoza, in the Cruz de Piedra area. It was planted with vine cuttings brought by Don Tiburcio from France in the 19th century. Three-meter-high walls were built to avoid the floods caused by the melted snow water flowing down from the Andes mountains during the summer season.
In 1999, Federico Benegas Lynch purchased what Ángel Mendoza, Trapiche’s Head Winemaker, considered to be the best 40 hectares of the old Finca Libertad.
The Finca Libertad is an old riverbed, with alluvial, stony soils, with some sand and superficial layers of clay. As vines suffer great stress in these poor soils, it produces low yields with excellent quality fruit resulting in superb wines. Despite fertilizing with organic guano, the yields are extremely low because of the vines’ old age.