Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot

Decero Mini Ediciones are three single varietal wines of Petit Verdot, Tannat and Cabernet Franc. These varieties have long been respected around the world for their contribution to red wine blends. We planted these varieties, recognizing their potential to layer nuances in our icon blend ‘Decero Amano’. However from our first vintage of 2006, the calibre of the Petit Verdot was evident and justified its individual expression, inspiring us to release our first Decero Mini Ediciones wine. The three Decero Mini Ediciones wines have garnered acclaim and recognition amongst the top sommeliers, wine writers, the Institute of Masters of Wine and the Court of Master Sommeliers as authentic and benchmark expressions of their respective variety.

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 wine slightly more elegant than its predecessor.

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 soils.
Yield   2.8 tons per acre.
Canopy   Intense leaf plucking of east facing canopy; Cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked March 20th, 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   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).

2015 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Petit Verdot is one of our three ‘rare varieties & limited edition’ wines. Of this 2015 vintage only 8182 bottles were made. The wine has great aromatic intensity, displaying wild blueberry combined with quince notes and spices. Very well balanced, with deep flavours and structured tannins, it has superb ageing potential.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.51               Acidity 5.55 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 the Petit Verdot with high level of acidity and elegant 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   Low vigor soils.
Yield   2.8 tons per acre.
Canopy   Intense leaf plucking of east facing canopy; Cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 11th, 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   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).

2014 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Petit Verdot is one of our three ‘rare varieties & limited edition’ wines. Of this 2014 vintage only 9893 bottles were made. The wine has great aromatic intensity, displaying wild blueberry combined with quince notes and spices. Very well balanced, with deep flavours and structured tannins, it has superb ageing potential.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.72               Acidity 5.62 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 grapes in Remolinos Vineyard between 5-7 days later than the average year in order to achieve full phenolic ripeness. These cool conditions also lead to more pronounced acidity and aromatics balancing the 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   Low vigor soils.
Yield   2.7 tons per acre.
Canopy   Intense leaf plucking of east facing canopy; Cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 25th, 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   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).

2013 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Petit Verdot is one of our three ‘rare varieties & limited edition’ wines. Of this vintage only 9912 bottles of Petit Verdot were made. The wine is abundant in wild blueberry flavors with a hint of quince on the finish. Deeply flavored and balanced with structural tannins this wine has great potential for extensive cellaring.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.73               Acidity 5.51 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   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