The Owl & The Dust Devil 2015
Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina
Finca Decero has become recognized not only for having one of the highest quality vineyards in all of Mendoza but also for catapulting into an elite group of the most highly regarded producers in Argentina. The wines all come from the single Finca Decero vineyard, and the winery’s focus is entirely quality focused. The Owl & The Dust Devil is a red blend that employs Decero’s unique and creative nature with striking packaging which includes a label that brings one on an augmented reality journey.
Within a few vintages, Finca Decero has become recognized not only for having one of the highest quality vineyards in all of Mendoza, but also for catapulting into an elite group of the most highly regarded producers in Argentina. Once a desolate piece of land in the foothills of the Andes, absent of everything but shrubs, Finca Decero is now a one-of-a-kind vineyard where each vine is nurtured by hand and the winemaking is without compromise.
Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, the unique Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage. The grapes are sourced from the western part of the vineyard and the vines are planted on low vigour, sandy clay loams.
The grapes were selected berry by berry before being gravity fed into small fermentation tanks. 7 days cold soak was followed by 10 days fermentation in small stainless steel tanks at 77-79°F for more aromatic parcels and 82-84°F for parcels with more concentration and structure. Finally, the parcels benefited from 15 days of maceration post fermentation before being transferred to mature in small French oak barrels (40% new oak) for 18 months. Only after this stage were the final selection of parcels and the optimal composition of the wine decided.
The 2015 vintage was characterized by a warm spring and early summer which brought forward harvesting by 10-15 days. There were frequent summer rains and the final crop of the vineyard was small in quantity but of high quality. These early picked grapes provided higher acidity than usual and slightly lower concentration, making the 2015 vintage wine slightly more elegant than its predecessor. Due to the strong quality of the Cabernet from this vintage, this blend leans slightly in its favor as the marginally predominant variety in the 2015 wine. The final blend consists of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot, 10% Tannat.
This red wine is a single vineyard blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Tannat. The Cabernet gives the wine backbone and structure which is supported by the aromatics and silky profile of the Malbec. Petit Verdot and Tannat provide not only a rich core to the wine but also depth of character and flavor for superb ageing potential.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Tannat
Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina
Certified sustainable and vegan. Minimal machinery is used – there are no tractors in the vineyards, and all fruit is hand-picked and gravity fed in the winery. Sprays are minimal and at organic levels, irrigation is drip, and all water at the winery is re-used. The winery encourages natural biodiversity, such as lechuza owls which prey on vine pests.
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Tim Atkin, MW - “Finca Decero’s evocatively named cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and a little Tannat is now into its second edition. The Petit Verdot provides lots of structure here, giving backbone to the sweet, succulent dark berry fruit. Fresh acidity cleans the palate and lengthens the finish.”
Jeb Dunnuck - "The 2015 Owl & the Dust Devil is a blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot and the rest Tannat that saw 18 months in 40% new French oak. This medium to full-bodied, elegant blend gives up plenty of black and blue fruits, violets/spring flowers, and a hint of menthol. It has outstanding purity of fruit, moderate tannin, and is already drinking great."
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January 16, 2019 - Wine writer Steve Prati included Finca Decero's 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil in his column for The Tennessean, which syndicates nationally in the USA Today network. In “Love…
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