Decero Amano

Decero Amano takes its name from our “Amano” or “by hand” approach. As the pinnacle of our achievments each vintage, Decero Amano is a blend of our most distinctive parcels from our Remolinos Vineyard. The wine is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tannat: Violet aromas emanate from the Malbec, red fruit flavours and structure of the Cabernet gives excellent length, whilst the jasmine perfumed Petit Verdot brings firm tannins as does the Tannat which adds even more textural complexity. Decero Amano is a wine of extraordinary finesse and silky elegance having gently matured over 22 months in new French oak and a year in bottle prior to release.

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.

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

2009 Vintage

2009 is commonly regarded in Agrelo as the vintage of the decade. The long, warm, dry summer with neither peaks nor lows in temperature provided perfect picking conditions for us to pick each parcel at its zenith across 23 days. Malbec exhibits violet aromas and deep dark fruit, the Cabernet of 2009 showed particularly great finesse whilst Petit Verdot and Tannat have particular richness from 2009.

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 1st - 24th, 2009.
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   60% Malbec, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Tannat

2009 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

Heightened aromas of violets and dark fruit flavors of the Malbec contrast with the elegant backbone of the Cabernet whilst the higher percentage of jasmine perfumed Petit Verdot and robust Tannat bring great depth and textural complexity to this wine.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.71               Acidity 5.43 g/l

2008 Vintage

2008 provided the idyllic vintage conditions for wines of finesse and longevity. The days were consistently warm but never peaking with heat, the nights notably cooler than previous years. As a result the phenolic, sugar and flavor ripeness evolved in perfect unison to the delight of our viticulturist. The dry summer allowed no rain to hinder the perfectly healthy grape conditions. Both Malbec and Petit Verdot excelled especially, both showing firm structure.

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, 2008.
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

2008 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

Heightened aromas and flavours of violets from the Malbec are followed by red fruit flavours, the Cabernet brings structural elegance and excellent length, the jasmine perfumed Petit Verdot and robust Tannat bringing firm tannins and textural complexity.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.79               Acidity 5.87 g/l

2007 Vintage

An excellent vintage at Remolinos Vineyard and outstanding for Malbec. The daytime temperatures of the growing season were warmer than usual whilst the nights were colder brining good acid/sugar balance and greater color and phenol content in the grapes. The quality of grapes from the 2007 vintage was extremely high; excellent balance, exceptional aromatics and concentration in the wines.

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 20th – May 1st, 2007.
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 10 months in bottle prior to release.
Blend   60% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Tannat

2007 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

Heightened aromas and flavours of violets from the Malbec are followed by red fruit flavours, the Cabernet brings structural elegance and excellent length, the jasmine perfumed Petit Verdot and robust Tannat bringing firm tannins and textural complexity.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.72               Acidity 6.01 g/l