2014 Seña, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

2014 Seña, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

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2014 Seña, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

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Very deep, dark colour. Rich blackcurrant fruit on nose, both berry and leaf, no obvious oak on the bouquet, no confection, just a hint of toast. Very good on the palate, serious and savoury, ripe and reminiscent of unsweetened blackcurrant juice, wonderful mouth-feel with crisp acidity and rounded tannins, complexity is provided by a hint of spice in the shape of black pepper notes and a touch of cedar. Long and impressive on the finish. The best Chilean red I can remember tasting.
Chris Pollington – Private Account Manager

A lovely depth of colour with flicks of purple in appearance. The nose reveals comforting aromas of ripe blackberries, bramble, and cloves with a gentle herbal character of blackcurrant leaf. Concentrated flavours of red plum, blackberry and mulberry greet the palate which is generously structured with gradually building ripe tannins. Hints of sweet spice and mocha come through and a cleansing acidity wraps the wine up neatly providing balance and freshness towards the long finish. Profound, focussed and with fair depth, this 2014 is proof that Vina Sena are moving in the right direction. Allow a few years in the cellar.
Chris Lamb, Private Account Manager

 

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About this WINE

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

Wine Advocate95/100
James Suckling97/100
James Suckling97/100

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate95/100
The blend for the 2014 Sea was 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Carmenere, 11% Malbec, 8% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot from their stony soils. The different grapes are carefully fermented separately and with different regimes of maceration and extraction but always looking for elegance within the natural power of the zone. The final blend was transferred to French oak barrels, 67% of them new (a percentage that seems to be slowly going down), for the levage of 22 months. This time, some 5% of the volume carried out its aging in new Stockinger foudres. This is very much in line with the 2013 and the direction set by that cool year. The wine is very harmonious, elegant within the house style. Another superb vintage of Sea. This should age effortlessly in bottle. 60,000 bottles were filled in March 2016.
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James Suckling97/100
Full body, ultra-­fine tannins and a fresh and clean ­finish. Balanced and very refi­ned. A wonderful purity and beauty.
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James Suckling97/100
Full body, ultra-¬fine tannins and a fresh and clean ¬finish. Balanced and very refi¬ned. A wonderful purity and beauty.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com
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