Decero Amano

Literally meaning ‘handcrafted from scratch’, Decero Amano derives its name from our ‘amano’ philosophy. Treading lightly in our environment, respecting the interaction of nature and each person in the nurturing of our sustainably farmed, single vineyard estate, this wine epitomises our sensitive, world-class approach at Finca Decero. Our exceptional dedication to Decero Amano involves cascading levels of selection. The final blend, which varies by vintage, is chosen to encapsulate balance, poise, elegance and a silky profile for which the wine is renown.

The inaugural 2006 Decero Amano was awarded 94 Points by The Wine Advocate and 2007 Decero Amano was named in the Top 100 Wines of 2010 by Wine Enthusiast.

2016 Vintage

The forecast of the 2016 vintage was set to be similar to the cool, rainy 2015 vintage. With this in mind, we plucked leaves not only on the east facing but also on the west facing canopy to ensure good airflow in face of cool rains. In reality, the intermittent rains stopped in January and the dry February and March saw phenolic ripeness achieved. The vintage expresses itself in medium to full body wines with high acidity.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Alluvial and colluival soils: Malbec from coarse soil, Cabernet from gravel-rich soil and Petit Verdot and Tannat on the lowest vigour sites.
Yield   1.8 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1 cluster per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked March 29th – April 15th, 2016.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   35-42 days total maceration:- 7 days cold soak; 10-12 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks. 78°F for most aromatic parcels and 86°F for parcels with greater concentration; 23-25 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into new French oak barrels for 20 months maturation followed by a year in bottle prior to release.
Blend   63% Malbec, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Tannat

2016 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

2016 Decero Amano encapsulates aromatics, balance, elegance and a silky profile for which the wine is renown. The heightened acidity of this vintage makes this wine exceptionally elegant. The wine is an ethereal expression which is always greater than the sum of its parts.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.6               Acidity 6.19 g/l

2015 Vintage

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 gave us higher acidity than usual and slightly lower concentration, making the 2015 vintage wines particularly elegant.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Alluvial and colluival soils: Malbec from coarse soil, Cabernet from gravel-rich soil and Petit Verdot and Tannat on the lowest vigour sites.
Yield   1.8 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1 cluster per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked March 12th – April 9th, 2015.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   35-42 days total maceration:- 7 days cold soak; 10-12 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks. 78°F for most aromatic parcels and 86°F for parcels with greater concentration; 23-25 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into new French oak barrels for 20 months maturation followed by a year in bottle prior to release.
Blend   59% Malbec, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Tannat

2015 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

2015 Decero Amano encapsulates aromatics, balance, elegance and a silky profile for which the wine is renown. The heightened acidity of this vintage makes this wine exceptionally elegant. The wine is an ethereal expression which is always greater than the sum of its parts.

14.9 % Alc                pH 3.7               Acidity 4.95 g/l

2014 Vintage

The 2014 vintage was one of the coolest in our 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. These climatic conditions resulted in each of the varieties showing high levels of acidity and very elegant in profile.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Alluvial and colluival soils: Malbec from coarse soil, Cabernet from gravel-rich soil and Petit Verdot and Tannat on the lowest vigour sites.
Yield   1.8–2.0 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1 cluster per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 8th – 25th, 2014.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   35-42 days total maceration: 7 days cold soak; 10-12 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks. 78°F for most aromatic parcels and 86°F for parcels with greater concentration; 23-25 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into new French oak barrels for 20 months maturation followed by a year in bottle prior to release.
Blend   66% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Tannat.

2014 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

2014 Decero Amano encapsulates aromatics, balance, elegance and a silky profile for which the wine is renown. The wine is an ethereal expression which always seems greater than the sum of its parts.

14.8 % Alc                pH 3.76               Acidity 5.33 g/l

2013 Vintage

2013 was cooler than other recent vintages, with cool temperatures throughout the summer and fall plummeting particularly at night time. As such, we decided to pick our Malbec between 5-7 days later than the average year in order to achieve full phenolic ripeness, whilst Cabernet and Tannat ripened towards the end of April with perfect tannin structure. These cool conditions also lead to more pronounced acidity and aromatics balanced by seductive tannins.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Silty clay over sandy gravels.
Yield   1.8–2.0 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1 cluster per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 9th – 29th, 2013.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   35-42 days total maceration: 7 days cold soak; 10-12 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks. 78°F for most aromatic parcels and 86°F for parcels with greater concentration; 23-25 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into new French oak barrels for 20 months maturation followed by a year in bottle prior to release.
Blend   65% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Tannat.

2013 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

Violet aromas and berry flavors from the Malbec compliment the darker notes of the Cabernet with structural tannins coming through from the exceptional Petit Verdot and Tannat. The wine spends 20 months maturing in new French oak. An elegant wine with layers of complexity.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.64               Acidity 5.74 g/l

2012 Vintage

2012 was an excellent vintage in Agrelo, again marked by low yields, mostly due to the influence of Zonda wind during flowering time in November. In Agrelo there was higher rainfall during the growing season and lower rainfall during maturation which provided excellent vintage conditions. The average temperature were slightly higher in the summer but lower in April this enabled us to pick the Petit Verdot at the optimal sugar and flavor ripeness.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Silty clay over sandy gravels.
Yield   1.8–2.0 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1 cluster per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 10th – May 3rd, 2012.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   35-42 days total maceration:- 7 days cold soak; 10-12 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks. 78°F for most aromatic parcels and 86°F for parcels with greater concentration; 23-25 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into new French oak barrels for 20 months maturation followed by a year in bottle prior to release.
Blend   57% Malbec, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot

2012 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

Violet aromas and berry flavors from the Malbec compliment the darker notes of the Cabernet with enough structural tannins coming through from the exceptional Petit Verdot that Tannat was omitted. After 20 months in new French oak, 2012 Decero Amano is profoundly elegant.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.62               Acidity 6.00 g/l

2011 Vintage

The most influential factor of the 2011 vintage was a cold spring and a frost in early November which resulted in lower than average yields. The cooler weather continued throughout the summer season causing a delay to the harvest. The low yields resulted in concentrated Malbec, elegant yet firm tannins in the Cabernet and finely structured Petit Verdot and Tannat.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Silty clay over sandy gravels.
Yield   1.8–2.0 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1 cluster per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 27th – May 2nd, 2011.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   35-42 days total maceration; 7 days cold soak; 10-12 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks. 78°F for most aromatic parcels and 86°F for parcels with greater concentration; 23-25 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into new French oak barrels for 20 months maturation followed by a year in bottle prior to release.
Blend   64% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Tannat

2011 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

Violet aromas and rich red berry notes from the Malbec compliment the darker fruit flavors of the Cabernet, Petit Verdot and Tannat. 20 months in new French oak adds structural complexity to the blend. 2011 Decero Amano balances silky elegance with a concentrated core.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.68               Acidity 5.91 g/l

2010 Vintage

The spring leading up to the 2010 vintage was particularly cool which delayed veraison and resulted in lower yields of concentrated fruit with high acidity specially for Malbec. Otherwise, the days were of average warmth without any peaks in temperature so even ripening occurred with good simultaneous development of fruit and sugar ripeness. Cabernet Sauvignon from this vintage provided more robust and structural tannins.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Silty clay over sandy gravels.
Yield   1.8–2.0 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1 cluster per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 21st - May 6th, 2010.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   35-42 days total maceration; 7 days cold soak; 10-12 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks. 78°F for most aromatic parcels and 86°F for parcels with greater concentration; 23-25 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into new French oak barrels for 20 months maturation followed by a year in bottle prior to release.
Blend   65% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Tannat

2010 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

Great complexity aromas and flavours from the violets of the Malbec to the dark fruits flavors of the Cabernet. Petit Verdot, Tannat and 20 months in new French oak add structural complexity the blend. 2010 Decero Amano retains its hallmark silky elegance and excellent length.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.65               Acidity 6.19 g/l