Decero Mini Ediciones Tannat

Finca Decero, once a bare patch of soil in the Argentine foothills of the Andes, is now our one-of-a-kind vineyard, where each vine is nurtured by hand and our winemaking is without compromise. As Decero means ‘from scratch’, we are fortunate to be free from constraints of tradition, and we have developed an ‘amano’ or ‘by hand’ approach that is human, sustainable and sensitive to natural differences. We try to tread lightly in an environment that we have come to know intimately, almost inch by inch. Only in this way can the unique natural attributes of the Remolinos Vineyard, and of Agrelo, shine through in our single vineyard wines, handcrafted from scratch.

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. Due to the dry final 6 weeks of maturation and the leaf plucking, this Tannat shows darker fruit flavours 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   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 April 13th-14th, 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   30 days total maceration:- 7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F to extract both aromas and 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).

2016 Decero Mini Ediciones Tannat, Remolinos Vineyard

Tannat is one of our three ‘rare varieties & limited edition’ wines. Of this vintage only 2214 bottles of Tannat were made. The deep body and eponymous tannic structure of the wine combines blackberry, earthy coffee and leather notes. This wine has potential for extensive ageing.

14.9 % Alc                pH 3.7               Acidity 5.88 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.

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 31st, 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 aromas and 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 Tannat, Remolinos Vineyard

Tannat is one of our three ‘rare varieties & limited edition’ wines. Of this vintage only 1764 bottles of Tannat were made. The deep body and eponymous tannic structure of the wine combines blackberry, earthy coffee and leather notes. This wine has potential for extensive ageing.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.7               Acidity 5.88 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 Tannat with a high level of acidity and more medium body than its typical richer 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 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 3rd ,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 aromas and 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 Tannat, Remolinos Vineyard

Tannat is one of our three ‘rare varieties & limited edition’ wines. Of this vintage only 1434 bottles of Tannat were made. This vintage was defined by a medium body and slightly less tannic structure than usual combining both red fruit, blackberry and earthy notes. This wine has potential for extensive ageing.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.81               Acidity 5.1 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 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 April 24th, 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 aromas and 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 Tannat, Remolinos Vineyard

Tannat is one of our three ‘rare varieties & limited edition’ wines. Of this vintage only 804 bottles of Tannat were made. The deep body and eponymous tannic structure of the wine combines blackberry, earthy coffee and leather notes. This wine has potential for extensive ageing.

14.9 % Alc                pH 3.62               Acidity 6.19 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 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 21st, 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 aromas and 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 Tannat, Remolinos Vineyard

Tannat is one of our three ‘rare varieties & limited edition’ wines. Of this vintage only 1742 bottles of Tannat were made. The deep body and eponymous tannic structure of the wine combines blackberry, earthy coffee and leather notes. This wine has potential for extensive ageing.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.75               Acidity 5.63 g/l