2019 Sena, 6x750ml

2019 Sena, 6x750ml

Availability: En Primeur

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £479.00

Critics Score: 98

Publication: Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate

Drinking Dates: 2021-2030

The 2019 Seña was produced with a Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 15% Carmenere and 4% Petit Verdot with the Chilean character of the high percentage of Carmenere. Most of the volume fermented in stainless steel with some 10% in concrete vats, and the final blend matured for 22 months in French oak barrels, 80% of them new, and 10% in Stockinger vats. It's 13.5% alcohol and has good acidity and freshness, coming through as medium-bodied, elegant and balanced. This is incredibly elegant, subtle and harmonious even at this early stage. It has floral aromas, notes of orange peel, a touch of creamy sweet spices and great freshness. The palate is medium-bodied, seamless and pure, with pungent flavors and a soft texture. It's long, clean, defined and super tasty. I feel this wine is getting better and better by the vintage. The grapes were picked quite early, and that helped to contain the ripeness and seems to have been a great decision. There was also an exception in the Panquehue zone where the Seña vines are, where the summer was cooler than the average, so quite different to many other regions in Chile.
2019 Sena, 6x750ml

Seña, now fully owned by the Chadwick family, was created as a joint venture between Chilean Eduardo Chadwick and American Robert Mondavi way back in 1995. Their aim was to make a wine that would demonstrate the full potential of Chile. Modelled on a Bordeaux style, it would have a Chilean soul, with its grapes grown under biodynamic farming principles in the Aconcagua Valley. Their dream was to create a wine that would be welcomed, in time, among the world's First Growths.

Seña 2019, its 25th Anniversary vintage, showcases that full potential in a wine of balance, depth and elegance. It yet again champions Chile's Carmenere grape and showcases the grape, the region, and the nation.

After a mild winter and a shortfall of rains, warm temperatures encouraged a fast spring start with a very healthy bud break, and perfect flowering and fruit set as October to December were warmer than usual.
Although 2019 is considered to be a warm vintage in Chile, our Seña vineyard enjoyed a cooler than average
summer, resulting in a total heat summation of 1,478 DD. This was exactly the same as in 2018 and very much
in line with our historical records. Being sited close to the sea and with the benefit of coastal winds, temperatures fortunately cooled during January, March and April, allowing for a long hanging period. This gave rise to a slower accumulation of the sugars needed to balance the gradual softening of tannins and the development of fruit driven flavours: So the wines' fruit intensity and bright acidity was preserved. The 2019 harvest started on March 15th delivering a rather small crop with complex aromas and flavours. The young wines had a seamless texture, good structure and silky tannins combined with great length, elegance and
finesse, that shines out all the way through it. This is a great vintage of Seña which will need some time in bottle to reach its full expression and intensity. Its fresh and vibrant acidity promises tremendous ageing potential.

Assemblage
60% Cabernet Sauvignon
21% Malbec
15% Carmenere
4% Petit Verdot

Alcohol 13.5%

Ageing
22 months
80% new French oak barrels
10% foudres