May 7, 2018 |
The latest report by influential critic James Suckling “Argentina Pushes the Limits” awarded our Nosotros Gualtallary Malbec 2013 with 99 points, putting it at the top of the list of 1300+ wines tasted and making it the single best Malbec from Argentina.
16 of our wines earned 90+ points in the report, which highlights the dynamism of Argentine wines in 2018, including “world-class reds” from malbec, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir, and whites “that can compete with the best of the world”.
Suckling describes our Nosotros Gualtallary Malbec 2013, which is elaborated each year from a single parcel of land with the year’s best Malbec grapes, as a wine that “takes your breath away” with its “intense but more importantly ethereally fresh…kaleidoscope of freshly-picked blackcurrants, brambleberries, boysenberries and mulberries”. He also notes its potential for aging: “So delicious now, but better in 2022 and way after that, too.”
Suckling’s report emphasizes the diversity of styles in Argentine malbecs, praising the increasing “drinkability and finesse” of the country’s latest releases and predicting that they will change the image of Argentine wine in the coming years.
Reflecting this trend, six additional Malbecs from Susana Balbo Wines earned excellent points in the report. From our latest release BenMarco Sin Limites, which seeks pure expression of our diverse terroirs, our Malbec Gualtallary 2017 received 96 points and our Malbec Pedernal 2017, 97 points. Of the latter, Suckling notes “Light-years removed from conventional bold and fruity malbec!... a revolutionary wine”.
Our small batch production of Susana Balbo Limited Edition Paraje Altamira Malbec 2015 also stood out, with 95 points. Our Susana Balbo Malbec 2016 and Benmarco Malbec 2016 both received an impressive 92 points, and Crios Malbec 2017 90 points.
Suckling points out that while Malbec is the star of Argentine wine, the grape only accounts for 17.5% of the country’s total vineyard area – and that world class reds are increasingly elaborated from other varietals as well.
Indeed, two of our signature blends, Susana Balbo Signature Brioso 2016 and Benmarco Expresivo 2016 topped the list with 95 points and 96 points respectively, as well as two of our Cabernet Sauvignons, Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 with 94 points and Benmarco Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 with 91 points. Our Crios Red Blend 2017 rounded out the list of our red wines scored, with 91 points.
Suckling’s report also highlights the “white wine revolution” taking place in Argentina, with our line of whites exemplifying the top notch quality displayed in the country’s latest releases. Our Susana Balbo Signature Barrel-Fermented Torrontes 2017 earned 95 points, our Susana Balbo Signature White Blend 2017, 94 points, and our Crios Torrontes 2017, 92 points.
Our Susana Balbo Signature Rose 2017 earned 92 points, leading Suckling to speculate that it may be “the best rosé in Argentina”.