The Owl & The Dust Devil 2014
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 2014 vintage was one of the coolest in Finca Decero’s history. After the temperatures in December and January being above average, the temperatures dropped dramatically in February which, combined with summer rain, delayed grape maturation by nearly one week. As autumn progressed, the temperatures remained below average and very cool. Each of the varieties from this vintage had marked acidity and pronounced aromatics.
This red wine is a single vineyard blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tannat. The Malbec has an aromatic quality and the wine has the silky structure synonymous with the wines of the Remolinos Vineyard. In addition to the fine backbone of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, the wine has an exceptionally rich core of Petit Verdot and Tannat which provide depth of character and flavor for superb ageing potential.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot
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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Wine & Spirits - “Decero bases all its wines on fruit from Remolinos, a vineyard in the highest part of Agrelo. This bottling is based on Malbec (43 percent), which sets out a lovely layer of violet-scented cherry fruit, while cabernet sauvignon, tannat and petit verdot provide firmness and flavor detail. A complex wine to pour with rosemary-braised lamb.”
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A core intensity of red fruit flavors and lifted violet aromas remain the signature of Malbec from the estate’s Remolinos Vineyard. This is exquisitely balanced by freshness of acidity and an elegant integration of French oak which adds complexity to the rich mid palate.
Agrelo is recognized for red varieties and while it has been acknowledged for its high-quality Malbec it has also become known as the source of some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon emanating from Argentina. The wine has a beautiful, full-bodied structure that comes across effortlessly due to the hallmark Decero refinement.
As the name suggests, Mini Ediciones are highly limited parcels of wine. From lesser known varieties, these wines are wholly expressive of the Remolinos Vineyard and represent an opportunity to taste a variety rarely seen in a pure form. In 2006, in recognition of its unique potential from the coarse, low vigor soils of our Remolinos Vineyard, the winery first selected a few exceptional barrels of wine to make a well-deserved Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot.
Decero Amano takes its name from the “Amano” or “by hand” approach. As the pinnacle of the winery's achievements each vintage, Decero Amano is a blend of the most distinctive parcels from the Remolinos Vineyard. The wine is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tannat: violet aromas emanate from the Malbec, red fruit flavors and structure of the Cabernet gives excellent length, while the jasmine perfumed Petit Verdot brings firm tannins as does the Tannat, which adds even more textural complexity.
Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina
Finca Decero's Mini Ediciones Cabernet Franc is one of the winery's three "rare varieties & limited edition" wines. The wine shows nuances of bell pepper, graphite and plum notes with fresh aromatics and taunt acidity resulting in a well-structured Cabernet Franc with great potential for aging.