Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot

As the name suggests, Mini Ediciones are highly limited parcels of wine which we regard as small gems. From lesser known varieties, these wines are wholly expressive of our Remolinos Vineyard and represent an opportunity to taste a variety rarely seen in a pure form.

Petit Verdot plays a small yet important role in our Decero Amano. In 2006, in recognition of its unique potential from the coarse, low vigour soils of our Remolinos Vineyard, we selected a few exceptional barrels of wine to make a well deserved Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot.

The inaugural 2006 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot was awarded 93 Points by The Wine Advocate, a worthy achievement for a humble yet world class wine.

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   Low vigour, coarse soils over gravel.
Yield   3 tons per acre.
Canopy   Intense leaf plucking of east facing canopy; Cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 10th – 18th, 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   30 days total maceration:- 7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F to extract both the jasmine aromas and the textural concentration. 18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels for MLF and 16 months maturation in French oak barrels (50% new).

2012 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Petit Verdot forms part of our icon blend and each year we select a few exceptional parcels to make a ‘mini edición’. The 2012 vintage is particularly rich in wild blueberry flavors, quince and the jasmine aromas which are characteristic of this wine. It shows great complexity and tannin structure for extensive ageing potential.

14.1 % Alc                pH 3.75               Acidity 6.1 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 temperatures during the period of maturation continued to be lower than usual, which resulted in a late harvest of 10 days later than previous years. Some light rains assisted in the tannin structure, which are smooth but firm in this wine.

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   Low vigour, coarse soils over gravel.
Yield   3 tons per acre.
Canopy   Intense leaf plucking of east facing canopy; Cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked May 3rd and 4th, 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   30 days total maceration:- 7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F to extract both the jasmine aromas and the textural concentration. 18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels for MLF and 16 months maturation in French oak barrels (50% new).

2011 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Petit Verdot forms part of our icon blend and each year we select a few exceptional parcels to make a ‘mini edición’. The 2011 vintage is particularly rich in wild blueberry flavors and the jasmin aromas which are consistent in this wine. It shows great

14.1 % Alc                pH 3.79               Acidity 5.92 g/l

2010 Vintage

The spring leading up to the 2010 vintage was particularly cool which delayed veraison and resulted in lower yields of more concentrated fruit and higher acidity in the wines. 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. This also led to firm tannins in Petit Verdot reminiscent of the 2008 vintage.

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   Low vigour, coarse soils over gravel.
Yield   3 tons per acre.
Canopy   Intense leaf plucking of east facing canopy; Cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 20th and 29th, 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   30 days total maceration; 7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F to extract both the jasmine aromas and the textural concentration. 18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels for MLF and 16 months maturation in French oak barrels (50% new).

2010 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Petit Verdot forms part of our icon blend and each year we select a few exceptional parcels to make a ‘mini edición’. The 2010 vintage is particularly rich in wild blueberry flavors showing great complexity and tannin structure for potential ageing.

14.1 % Alc                pH 3.75               Acidity 6.02 g/l

2009 Vintage

2009 is commonly regarded, in Agrelo and other nearby appellations, as the vintage of the decade. The long, warm, dry summer provided us with excellent and even conditions leading up to harvest. The night time temperatures were cool as ever in Remolinos Vineyard, bringing a good structure to balance the natural concentration of Petit Verdot and the ripe flavors of this vintage.

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   Low vigour, coarse soils over gravel.
Yield   3 tons per acre.
Canopy   Intense leaf plucking of east facing canopy; Cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 25th, 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   30 days total maceration; 7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F to extract both the jasmine aromas and the textural concentration. 18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels for MLF and 16 months maturation in French oak barrels (50% new).

2009 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Petit Verdot forms part of our icon blend yet each year we select a few exceptional parcels to make a ‘mini edición’. The 2009 vintage is particularly rich in blueberry flavours showing great complexity and concentration while testifying to the potential of Petit Verdot in our Remolinos Vineyard.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.74               Acidity 5.36 g/l

2008 Vintage

2008 provided the idyllic vintage conditions for our Petit Verdot in particular bringing out the core qualities of Petit Verdot. 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. This will likely be a wine which will age spectacularly due to the structural tannins and depth of the wine as well as fine acidity, whilst the wild blueberry fruit flavors and jasmine aromas typical of Petit Verdot are in abundance.

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   Low vigour, coarse soils over gravel.
Yield   3 tons per acre.
Canopy   IIntense leaf plucking of east facing canopy; Cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 20th, 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   30 days total maceration; 7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F to extract both the jasmine aromas and the textural concentration. 18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels for MLF and 16 months maturation in French oak barrels (50% new).

2008 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Petit Verdot forms part of our icon blend yet each year we select a few exceptional parcels to make a ‘mini edición’. The wine’s lifted jasmine aromas, blueberry complexity and concentration testify to the potential of Petit Verdot of our Remolinos Vineyard.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.84               Acidity 6.04 g/l

2007 Vintage

Vintage 2007 was excellent in Remolinos Vineyard. The daytime temperatures of the growing season were warmer than usual whilst the nights were colder bringing good acid / sugar balance and great color and phenol content in the grapes. Our Petit Verdot, developed the flavor spectrum which we saw from the previous vintage with more of the delicate notes of jasmine aromatics due to the particularly cool nights of the 2007 ripening season.

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   Low vigour, coarse soils over gravel.
Yield   3 tons per acre.
Canopy   Intense leaf plucking of east facing canopy; Cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked 15th – 20th April, 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   30 days total maceration:- 7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F to extract both the jasmine aromas and the textural concentration. 18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels for MLF and 16 months maturation in French oak barrels (50% new).

2007 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Petit Verdot forms part of our icon blend yet each year we select a few exceptional parcels to make a ‘mini edición’. The wine’s lifted jasmine aromas, blueberry complexity and concentration testify to the potential of Petit Verdot of our Remolinos Vineyard.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.76               Acidity 6.1 g/l

2006 Vintage

2006 was an excellent vintage in Agrelo. A cool winter with plenty of snow falling in the Andes was followed by a warm spring resulting in excellent and even fruit set. Summer was characterised by warm days and slightly cooler than usual nights – excellent ripening conditions. Finally, little rainfall from late February to the end of harvest led to an outstanding vintage.

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   Low vigour, coarse soils over gravel.
Yield   3 tons per acre.
Canopy   Intense leaf plucking of east facing canopy; Cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked 10th – 26th April, 2006.
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   30-35 days total maceration:- 7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F to extract both the jasmine aromas and the textural concentration. 18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (50% new) for MLF and 16 months maturation.

2006 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Petit Verdot forms part of our icon blend yet each year we select a few exceptional parcels to make a ‘mini edición’. The wine’s lifted jasmine aromas, spicy complexity and concentration testify to the potential of Petit Verdot in our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.8               Acidity 6.06 g/l