The Deicas family has dedicated the past 15 years to exploring new vineyard sites in Uruguay, leading to the development of new growing areas for tannat, the country’s emblematic varietal. The family vineyards are in close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, where the maritime influence regulates ripening, allowing tannat to fully develop its aromas and phenolics, while retaining freshness. Santiago Deicas, winemaker and 3rd generation in the family winery, crafts dry-farmed tannats that are bold and fresh, with a sophisticated tannin structure.
Vineyards and terroirs:
Mar de Piedras ('Sea of Stones') — Sierra de Mahoma, San José, 20 acres of sandy-clay loam with vertical schists; high mineral content.
Valle de los Manantiales (“Valley of Springs”) — Garzón, Maldonado, 42 acres of sandy-loam with decomposed granite soils. The Deicas family were the first to plant here; 25% slopes facing the ocean
Domaine Castelar — Progreso, Canelones, 67 acres of expansive clay soil that cracks in the summer; high calcium carbonate content. The traditional region for Tannat in Uruguay and the Deicas family’s home vineyard, planted over 20 years ago
Grape variety: Tannat
Wines: Deicas Tannat, Single Vineyard Mar de Piedras, Single Vineyard Valle de los Manantiales, Single Vineyard Domaine Castelar, Massimo
This unique terroir of chalk and clay soils, combined with dry-farmed vineyards enjoying a coastal climate, and plentiful sunshine at the 34th parallel south allows Familia Deicas to produce the Massimo Tannat, following the strict protocol of "Bordeaux cru garage wines".
2013 Massimo 92pts Wine Spectator, 91pts Wine Enthusiast