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. Due to the strong quality of the Cabernet from this vintage, this blend leans slightly in its favor as the marginally predominant variety in the 2015 wine.
The grapes are sourced exclusively from the western part of Finca Decero’s Remolinos Vineyard at 1050m/3500ft in the Agrelo subappellation of Mendoza. The vines are planted on low vigour, coarse and gravel-rich loams. Nurtured by hand, the vines are leaf plucked on the east facing canopy and clusters are thinned to one cluster per shoot. The grapes were handpicked from March 20th – April 10th 2015.
The grapes underwent Finca Decero’s 4-step selection process to selection berry by berry before being gravity fed into small fermentation tanks. 7 days of cold soak was followed by 10 days of fermentation in small stainless steel tanks at 25-26°C for more aromatic parcels and 28- 29°C for parcels with more concentration and structure. Finally, the parcels benefited from 15 days of maceration post fermentation before being transferred to mature in small French oak barrels (40% new oak) for 18 months. Only after this stage, the final selection of parcels and the optimal composition of the wine were decided. The wine was then bottled in entirety on November 29th 2016, in one single session to safeguard the consistency from bottle to bottle.
This red wine is a single vineyard blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Tannat. The Cabernet gives the wine backbone and structure which is supported by the aromatics and silky profile of the Malbec. Petit Verdot and Tannat provide not only a rich core to the wine but also depth of character and flavor for superb ageing potential.
14.5 % Alc pH 3.7 Acidity 5.58g/l
Blend: 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot, 10% Tannat
2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard
Jancis Robinson MW, @jancisrobinson Twitter – June 22, 2018
Truly groundbreaking wine.
WINE OF THE WEEK: JancisRobinson.com – 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard
Richard Hemming MW, www.jancisrobinson.com – June 22, 2018
Finca Decero in Mendoza evidently understand that to really grab a drinker’s attention, they need a story that is more memorable and more stirring than a simple claim. The Owl and The Dust Devil has got just such a story – and a brilliant way of telling it… In an industry where marketing and innovation is often an afterthought at best, this wine stands out for making the story of the wine so memorable.
GOLD LIST: 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard
Sommelier Wine Awards – May 17, 2018
“A ‘full-bodied and fresh’ addition to the Gold List, began an impressed Mattia Scarpazza of Petersham Nurseries, going on to describe ‘sweet baked notes of spiced black cherry and raspberry’. Carolina Seibel of Portland Restaurant noted signs of ‘development, with red and dark fruits, some leafy and orange peel notes on the nose, leading to candied lingonberry fruit with very fine, intense tannins’. Enamoured of its ‘complex layers of cigar box, tobacco and earthy notes’, Sahar Gharai of La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge (California) saw this as a perfect match for grilled entrecôte. Gold List, Sommelier Wine Awards 2018”