Another new release offered today which caught my eye is the 2018 Sena.
This project, created in 1995 by Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi has been going from strength to strength in the very capable hands of winemaker Francisco Baettig. They created a Bordeaux-inspired blend that showcases Chile’s potential to compete at the top-level.
The 42 hectares of vineyards are located in the Valle de Aconcagua and have been farmed following biodynamic principles since 2005. 2018 saw almost textbook vintage conditions. Higher than average rainfall from May to October meant that the underground water table was ready for a dry and warm December, allowing for a perfect fruit set. February and March provided excellent conditions for a long and gentle ripening of the grapes. Beautifully ripe, with unique intense aromatics faithfully representing the greatness of the vintage and the exceptional Seña terroir.
A perfect 100 point score from James Suckling should be enough to raise interest however with the comment from Luis Gutiérrez “This has to be the finest vintage of Seña to date” and Seña being the highest scored wine from his article on Chile (Issue 250 End of August 2020, The Wine Advocate) this is a serious vintage of this wine worth buying.
With this in mind, I am very pleased to offer as a pre-release, 2018 Sena, (delivery February 2021)
Cases 6 x 75cl, 2018 Seña @ £495 per case 6 IB
Also very limited availability on the following formats,
3 x 150cl @ £535
1 x 300cl @ £345
1 x 600cl @ £688
1 x 900cl @ £1035
98 points…..”‘The 2018 Seña shows the fresher side of the Ocoa zone of the Aconcagua Valley through a Bordeaux blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 15% Carmenere, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot; there are small differences, but nothing substantial. As I’ve seen in other wines from the very complete 2018 vintage, the grapes ripened thoroughly and achieved more flavors and nuances, and the wines are slightly higher in alcohol (14% this year versus 13.3% in 2017, but in reality it’s 13.8% ). But the wine seems to have more of everything. The grapes fermented in a combination of stainless steel and concrete vats and matured in new barriques and Stockinger foudres for 22 months, a similar formula as the one used for Viñedo Chadwick. This is a very elegant vintage of Seña, a year with a slow ripening so that the grapes achieved very good ripeness and full development of aromas and flavors, making the wine nuanced and complex, with depth but also freshness and finesse—floral and expressive. The tannins are very fine, polished and elegant, and the wine is long and complex, mixing the best from 2015 and 2016, coming through as a very complete year. It’s still a little young and should develop nicely in bottle; it’s approachable now, but if you can hold it a little bit more, it should be even better. This has to be the finest vintage of Seña to date. Comparing it with the Chadwick from the same year, there is more freshness and a little more complexity and clout coming form the cooler zone and the palette of varieties used that give more options to achieve more nuance. 100,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February and March 2020.This is a very elegant vintage of Seña, a year with a slow ripening so that the grapes achieved very good ripeness and full development of aromas and flavors, making the wine nuanced and complex, with depth but also freshness and finesse – floral and expressive… This has to be the finest vintage of Seña to date. Drinking 2021-2035” Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate
100 points….”This is a very thoughtful Seña that shows unique aromas of warm earth, mushrooms and conifer, turning to dark berries and black olives. The palate is more glamorous with ultra-fine tannins that envelop your palate. Shows power and vibrancy at the end.” – James Suckling
Wines available in February 2021. Let me know what is of interest and I will confirm. Payment on Invoice. E & OE.
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