Decero Decero Signature

2017 Vintage

On the lead up to vintage 2017, Mendoza experienced a moderate and dry winter with temperatures slightly above average. During the following cold, dry spring, the later development of Syrah meant it was unaffected by the early spring frost. Syrah of this vintage was well balanced and a red fruit medium bodied 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   Colluvial soils which are rich in clay – reminiscent of some of the finest plantings of Syrah in the Rhone Valley.
Yield   3.6 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked March 21st, 2017.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-27 days total maceration:- 7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 25°C; 13 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2017 Decero Syrah, Remolinos Vineyard

2017 Decero Syrah displays red fruit flavours, spices and mineral notes. A medium bodied wine which shows bright acidity, smooth tannins and a long finish. The wine has spent 14 months in french oak barrels which has further contributed to its textural complexity.

14.9 % Alc                pH 3.51               Acidity 5.06g/l

2017 Vintage

On the lead up to vintage 2017, Mendoza experienced a moderate and dry winter with temperatures slightly above average. During the following cold, dry spring, the later development of Cabernet Sauvignon meant it was unaffected by the early spring frost. The quality of 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon shows in expressive fruit balanced by bright acidity and lifted fresh aromas.

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   Gravel-rich, alluvial soil.
Yield   3.6 tons per acre.
Canopy   Limited leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 7th – April 10th 2017.
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   25-30 days total maceration:- 3-7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F - 86°F. 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2017 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

2017 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon has classic notes of cassis and some cherry and red fruit flavours with fresh acidity. The wine has supple integrated tannins, from 14 months in french oak barrels. An elegant style of Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.60               Acidity 5.88 g/l

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, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon shows darker fruit flavours and slightly spicier note profile balanced by a long finish and good 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   Gravel-rich, alluvial soil.
Yield   3.6 tons per acre.
Canopy   Limited leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 12th – April 21st 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   25-30 days total maceration:- 3-7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F - 86°F. 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2016 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

2016 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon has classic notes of cassis, some dark fruit flavours with complementary spice notes and a long finish with supple integrated tannins, from 14 months in french oak barrels.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.60               Acidity 5.28 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 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   Gravel-rich, alluvial soil.
Yield   3.6 tons per acre.
Canopy   Limited leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 1st – April 8th 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   25-30 days total maceration:- 3-7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F - 86°F. 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2015 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

2015 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon has classic notes of cassis and some cherry and red fruit flavours with fresh acidity. The wine has supple integrated tannins, from 14 months in french oak barrels. An elegant style of Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.63               Acidity 5.47 g/l

2017 Vintage

On the lead up to vintage 2017, Mendoza experienced a moderate and dry winter with temperatures slightly above average. During the following cold, dry spring a frost took us by surprise and naturally resulted in decreased yields in our Remolinos Vineyard but did not affect quality. These lower yields gave us concentrated fruit of high quality the quality of which was undiminished by the drops of rain which finally came in March and April.

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   Coarse high mountain soil.
Yield   3.6 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked March 21st – April 21st, 2017.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-30 days total maceration:- 5-7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks. 78ºF for most aromatic parcels and 86
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before 90% goes into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation. 10% remains in tank to preserve the delicate violet aromatics.

2017 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

2017 Decero Malbec continues in the style that characterises our Remolinos Vineyard - displaying intense violet aromas over a core of red fruits with notes of cherries and raspberries. A medium-bodied, very well balanced wine with fresh acidity, it shows supple and elegant tannins that benefit from 14 months maturation in French oak barrels.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.6               Acidity 5.4 g/l

2015 Vintage

The 2015 vintage was characterized by a particularly warm spring and early summer which brought forward harvesting by 10-15 days. Even though there were frequent summer rains the final crop was small in quantity but high quality. These early picked grapes gave us higher acidity than usual and slightly lower concentration, resulting in particularly elegant wines slightly lighter in style than other vintages.

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   Colluvial soils which are rich in clay – reminiscent of some of the finest plantings of Syrah in the Rhone Valley.
Yield   3.6 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked March 5th, 2015.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-27 days total maceration:- 7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 25ºC; 13 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2015 Decero Syrah, Remolinos Vineyard

2015 Decero Syrah displays dark fruit flavours, spices and mineral notes. It shows great balance with bright acidity and moderate weight of fleshy fruit and smooth tannins with an elegant, long finish. The wine has spent 14 months in french oak barrels which has further contributed to its textural complexity.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.68               Acidity 5.02g/l

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 high acidity, lower than normal alcohol and fresh flavours.

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   Coarse high mountain soil.
Yield   3.5 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 5th – 23rd, 2016.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-30 days total maceration:- 5-7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks. 78°F for most aromatic parcels and 86°F for parcels with more concentration to derive more texture; 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before 90% goes into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation. 10% remains in tank to preserve the delicate violet aromatics.

2016 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

2016 Decero Malbec continues with the style that characterises our Remolinos Vineyard, displaying intense violet aromas over a core of red fruits with notes of cherries and raspberries. A medium-bodied, very well balanced wine with fresh acidity, it shows supple and elegant tannins that benefit from 14 months maturation in French oak barrels.

13.5 % Alc                pH 3.6               Acidity 5.29 g/l

2015 Vintage

The 2015 vintage was characterized by a particularly warm spring and early summer which brought forward harvesting by 10-15 days. Even though there were frequent summer rains the final crop was small in quantity but high quality. These early picked grapes gave us 1g per litre higher acidity than usual and slightly lower concentration, resulting in particularly elegant wines slightly lighter in style than other vintages.

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   Coarse high mountain soil.
Yield   3.5 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked March 12th – April 13th, 2015.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-30 days total maceration:- 5-7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks. 78°F for most aromatic parcels and 86°F for parcels with more concentration to derive more texture; 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before 90% goes into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation. 10% remains in tank to preserve the delicate violet aromatics.

2015 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

Continuing the hallmark style of Malbec from Remolinos Vineyard, this wine shows intense violet aromatics, bright freshness and acidity which has come to define Decero Malbec. The 2015 Malbec being one of our lighter Malbec wines of recent years which is in harmony with its supple tannins gently integrated over 14 months in French oak barrels.

14.1 % Alc                pH 3.7               Acidity 5.35

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 an elegant style of Cabernet Sauvignon with good 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   Gravel-rich, alluvial soil.
Yield   3.5 – 4 tons per acre.
Canopy   Limited leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 15th – April 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   25-30 days total maceration:- 3-7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F - 86°F. 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2014 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

2014 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon has classic notes of cassis, cedar and graphite bound together by structural tannins enhanced by 14 months in french oak barrels. An elegant, well structured classic style of Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.68               Acidity 5.44 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   Colluvial soils which are rich in clay – reminiscent of some of the finest plantings of Syrah in the Rhone Valley.
Yield   3.5 tons per acre.
Canopy   Leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked March 30th, 2013.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-27 days total maceration; 7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 25°C; 13 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2013 Decero Syrah, Remolinos Vineyard

2013 Decero Syrah shows meaty flavors, fig and mineral notes. The wine is reminiscent in its structure of Syrah from the Northern Rhone. The tannins are overt yet not grippy and the wine has a long palate profile. 14 months in french oak barrels have added further textural complexity to the wine.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.70               Acidity 5.26 g/l