Ben Marco Sin Límites, Valle de Pedernal, Malbec 2019
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BenMarco Sin Límites (without limits) Malbec is made by winemaker Edy Del Popolo under the Susana Balbo banner. Edy is a famous viticulturist who understands as well as anyone in Argentina how the particulars of soil, aspect, micro-climate and, perhaps most vital here – altitude – all play important roles in bringing together a singular expression of terroir. The wine is fermented in concrete eggs with skin contact for 25 days and are then transferred into second and third use French oak for 12 months prior to release. This wine, from the rediscovered area of Pedernal in San Juan at 1,500m above sea level. Pedernal is Spanish for flint and these soils, formed by glacial deposits, are full of dark, flat flint stones intermixed with coarse gravel and sandy loam. The wine is herbaceous on the nose with lots of garrigue-like aromas – thyme and rosemary – as well high floral notes of lavender. It’s silky in the mouth with red fruits and a long finish.