A Mystical Battle between Two Natural Wonders
High against the Andes Mountains in Mendoza sits one of Argentina’s jewels: the Remolinos vineyard. Here, in this tranquil environment, a group of Lechuza owls have made their home. Perched atop vineyard posts, they keep a watchful eye over the vines, protecting against pests – both real and imagined.
Throughout the growing season a mystical battle unfolds. ‘Remolinos’, or whirlwinds, arise, spiralling into dust devils, which mischievously weave their way through the vineyard. Catching sight of the swirling dust, the owls take flight in chase, until the dust devils disappear into thin air. The owls then return to their watching posts, satisfied that their precious vines are safe once again.
Little do the owls realize that the dust devils play an equally important role in protecting our vineyard. Their airflow defends our vines from spring frosts and keeps our grapes dry and cool during the summer.
This intricately woven scene between two natural wonders, the winged predator and the wind, helps make our Remolinos Vineyard so distinctive and ‘The Owl & The Dust Devil’ wine so exceptional.
From Finca Decero, our single vineyard estate in Agrelo Mendoza, this wine is red blend of some of our most prized parcels of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tannat, which has been matured for 18 months in French oak barrels.
‘The Owl & The Dust Devil’ is our flight of fancy.
A Single Vineyard Red Blend
The Owl & The Dust Devil has the silky structure synonymous with the wines of our Remolinos Vineyard. An exceptionally rich core provides depth of character and flavour for superb ageing potential.
Sourced from westerly blocks of our Remolinos Vineyard, selected parcels are fermented in 620 litre French oak barrels to add layers of complexity and structure to the wine. Violet aromatics of the Malbec compliment the darker notes and structural backbone of the Cabernet Sauvignon whilst the abundant Petit Verdot and Tannat in this wine provide considerable richness and tannins. The wine has been matured for 18 months in smaller French oak barrels prior to release.
An Environmental & Social Conscience
At Finca Decero, we call our philosophy ‘Amano’. At every stage we handcraft out wines to be world-class whilst treading lightly in our environment and being aware of the development of our community. From pruning our vines and picking and selecting our fruit by hand, reusing our precious glacial melt water, sourcing materials from suppliers who have environmentally friendly work ethics and practices, to taking a commitment to the families of our team and the broader Agrelo community, our approach combines an environmental and social conscience.
Our Social Responsibility Programme has been acknowledged for the significant and tangible benefits to our community. 50c per bottle sold of The Owl & The Dust Devil will be donated specifically to the health and education of our local community.
About Finca Decero
Starting from Scratch
Our single vineyard estate, Finca Decero, is located at 1,050 metres, the highest point of the Agrelo sub-appellation of Mendoza. Decero, means ‘from scratch’, the vineyard and winery have been handcrafted from scratch to the highest quality. Swiss owner, Thomas Schmidheiny has a world-class vision and this is demonstrated throughout every aspect of our vineyard, winery and through the dedication of our team.
The varieties we planted, after careful selection, are those best suited to Agrelo - Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Tannat. Our vines and wines are gently nurtured with a hands-on approach in order to express the finest attributes of our Remolinos Vineyard. Sustainability is not only at the core of the wines we make but also intrinsic to our business philosophy within our wider environment and our local community.