2013 Seña, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

2013 Seña, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

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2013 Seña, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

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Vina Sena is arguably Chile’s most famous and sought after wine.  We are pleased to offer the new release of the exemplary 2013 vintage.

Viña Seña, originally a joint venture between Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi of the eponymous Napa estate, aimed to be Chile’s ultimate premium wine.  Success followed quickly, initially in blind tastings against the best from Bordeaux, Italy, and most recently with high critical acclaim from influential American critic James Suckling.  James Suckling placed the 2012 vintage in the Top 10 (#9) of his Top 100 Wines of the World 2014 and the score of 98 points for the 2012 was the highest ever awarded to a Chilean wine at that time by a major critic.  We are excited to say that the 2013 has surpassed this, with James Suckling scoring it an almost perfect 99/100.

In a recent trip to Chile, James Suckling was quoted as saying of the higher quality wines he found there – “They compete with the best of Europe and California as well as Australia. Taste this year's release of Seña, 2013, and understand what I mean. It has all the depth of fruit, structure and intensity of a top wine from such prestigious producers as Mouton Rothschild or Harlan. Plus, Seña is made from biodynamically grown grapes, giving the wine an amazing underlying wholesomeness and holistic quality.”

The Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin has proclaimed Sena as “perhaps Chile’s most famous producer and iconic wine”.

Having tasted the wine this morning, we in the Fine wine team are left in no doubt as to the quality and age-ability of Viña Seña, certainly a wine to be considered in the top rank of wines the world over.


Aromas of Cassis and blueberry, rich fruit on the nose and yet a lovely balance with background hints of eucalyptus, mineralite and flint. The richness of the fruit on the medium bodied mid-palate matches perfectly with the amazing lift of acidity at the back palate.  There is great density and yet a svelte, beautifully poised character, full of old world sensibility and class that gives the wine great tension and balance, the cool climate of the vineyard really shines through.  The tannins melt into the mouth.  This is a truly classy offering with all the elements in the right place producing a wine that is so tempting to drink now but will easily keep for 5 – 10 years
Stuart Rae, Private Account Manager

One of the most balanced young wines I have tasted for a while. An enticing nose of rich blackcurrants with a hint of eucalyptus. Complex, full bodied  and wonderfully precise  palate gives you silky tannins and an amazing long lingering finish. I would quite happily start to drink this but I think with a bit of patience this will turn out to be one of those wines that is worth the wait. Drink from 2016.
Ben Upjohn, Fine Wine Sales Manager
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Sena

Sena

Seña was originally a joint venture between Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi with the aim to produce Chile's ultimate premium red wine. Sharing their dreams, efforts, and dedication, in 1997 they released the first vintage of Seña (1995), Chile's first Icon wine, which marked a milestone and initiated the path for making Ultra Premium wines in Chile.

The fruit for Seña is sourced mainly from biodynamically farmed,  premium plots in the Aconcagua wine region.

The blend varies with the vintage but is typically comprised of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Franc and a little bit of Petit Verdot. The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and the wine is then matured in small oak barrels (75% new) for 22 months. The first couple of vintages have been enthusiastically received by critics and connoisseurs alike, with comparisons already being made with some of world's top Cabernet blends. The future for Seña looks very promising.

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Aconcagua Valley

Aconcagua Valley

Aconcagua, 80km from the capital Santiago, north of Casablanca and south of Limari, is the last east-west tranversal valley before the long, north-south Central Valley begins. It is named after the highest peak in the Andes, Mt. Aconcagua (6,959m) and is made up of two very distinct zones. The interior of Aconcagua, Panquehue, is Chile's hottest, driest wine region, while the new vineyards located closer to the Pacific coast produce wines with pronounced exotic flavours.

Pure Andean water, a stable climate, clear skies and low risk of frost create ideal conditions for wine growing. Cool currents from both the Pacific Ocean and the snow-capped Andes Mountains help to maintain good acidity in the grapes, while the sunny and intensely hot summers ensure full levels of fruit ripeness.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere dominate the production and they have been grown here since the mid 19th century, yet since the 1990s the region has witnessed an enthusiastic interest in Syrah.

Aconcagua is Errazuriz's base

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

The Wine Advocate96/100
Suckling99/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate96/100
The 2013 Sea might very well be their finest vintage to date. 2013 was a cool vintage that favored fresh flavors and elegant and pure wines full of nuances. At Via Sea, they took advantage of the natural conditions and produced a stunning blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carmnre, 12% Malbec, 10% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, sourced from their 42 hectares of vineyards planted some 16 years ago in the Aconcagua Valley. The varietal mix has been fine tuned and the oak has also been gradually reduced during the last few years. The process was pretty straightforward, fermentation in stainless steel and aging in French oak barrels (75% of them new) for 22 months. It has a subtle nose with aromas of red and black fruit denoting very good freshness, and the classical tobacco and cracked peppercorns, with the oak nicely integrated adding some spices and faint smoky aromas. The red fruit is remarkable and really adds freshness. Linear, juicy, sharp and long, very tasty and with very fine, slightly grainy tannins. There is superb balance, classical proportion and symmetry. I have not tasted all of the vintages of Sea (one day...), but out of all the years I've tried, this is certainly the best. I'm sure this will bloom in bottle and will have a long development. 60,000 bottles were filled.
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Suckling99/100
Superb aromas of black currants, rose petal and mint. Lavender and stones too. Full body with incredible fruit density. Complex, yet it's agile and bright. Tannins are perfectly polished. It builds on the palate and shows the structure of a first growth Bordeaux but remains so Chilean. A blend of 58% cabernet sauvignon, 15% carmenere, 12% malbec, 10% Merlot, and 5% petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes. This is a joy to taste now but it will show itself in 2019. Even better than the amazing 2012."
James Suckling
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