Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
A deep, dark classic Malbec bursting with black cherry and blackberry flavours alongside subtle traces of cocoa. Aromas of new leather and violets tempt you to delve deeper.
From Susana Balbo's son José, with grapes grown exclusively high up in the Uco Valley, where healthy, easy-to-manage vines produce low yields of high-quality fruit, creating flavourful, full-bodied wines with generous acidity. Ageing in one-year-old French oak for 11 months, with extended lees contact, gives richness and complexity.
The Queen of Torrontés
The most recognised and well-known female oenologist in Argentina, Susana Balbo has been instrumental in the transformation of quality table wines in Argentinean viticulture. She is best known for her innovation and progressive spirit in developing wines with unique character and quality, and she is the first Argentinean oenologist ever hired as a consultant by European wineries.
At Susana Balbo Wines, her family's winery in the famed Mendoza wine region of Argentina, Susana crafts her own signature label wines. They embody the complexity of various grapes along with her creativity as an oenologist to produce fine wines that express prestige, power and finesse. For her Crios label, which means "offspring" (as in children), Susana selected a word to express the notion that these are wines given loving care and attention deserving of her children. Benmarco Malbec is an exclusive from Susana Balbo's son José.
The three hands on the label, inspired by a Mayan artefact, represent Susana and her two children. By definition, Crios is to be enjoyed while still young and vibrant.
"A classic example of Uco Valley Malbec with violets and juicy blackberry fruit, a touch of tannin and terrific length."
"Ripe and textured with baked blueberry, dark milk chocolate and powerful, chewable tannins."
Susana Balbo Wines
Mendoza, where these vines are grown, is Argentinas foremost wine region, and it is responsible for the countrys best bottles. The province is located at around thirty degrees south of the equator. This is the northern limit of wine grape production, any closer to the equator and the grapes would shrivel in the heat. The Andes, that lie between Mendoza and Chile, raise the land to an altitude that counterbalances the equatorial heat. The result is that the vineyards of Mendoza are some of the highest in the world, between 600m and 1,100m above sea level