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Sena-Estate-Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Petit Verdot-2016-750mL

Producer: Sena
SKU: 8608
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Seña is a unique, 6000-case-per-year Bordeaux blend made in the Aconcagua Valley just north of Santiago, originally founded by Eduardo Chadwick in cooperation with the late American wine icon Robert Mondavi. Eduardo found the right place in the astonishing Valle de Aconcagua after an exhaustive quest for the appropriate terroir. The valley is overseen by Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the southwestern hemisphere, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate.

Certified biodynamic since 2005, Seña treats the conservation of the environment with the utmost importance. As of 2005, the project belongs entirely to Chadwick, who also heads Viñedo Chadwick and Viña Errazuriz. The property is a 42-hectare mountain vineyard with blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Although the vines are very young, having been planted specially for Seña, it means the perfect proportions of grape varietals can be used, including a splash of the oh-so-Chilean Carmenere’s decadent, unending complexity. This makes it for now simply unbeatable in Chile.

Summer reached a heat summation that was 1% higher than our average records. Even though January had warm days, veraison arrived 10 days later than average due to delays held over from the cool spring. The warm summer weather continued all throughout February, allowing the crop to homogenise before getting into the cool days of March that slowed down the ripening process.

The harvest at our Seña vineyard reached maturity later than in the previous season. It was mostly concentrated during the first fortnight of April, except for the Malbec, which was picked in late March, and the Carmenere, picked during the last week of April, just after the rains that arrived halfway through the month, reaching historical records of 79 mm.

The wines have deliciously round tannins and are bolstered by a bright and balanced level of acidity. The flavours of each varietal truly stand out in this vintage, and the quality of the wines is a testament to the quality of Seña’s terroir.

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Professional Reviews

98/100
James Suckling

Aromas are lifted and bright in this wine with loads of blackberries and blueberries. Full body, velvety tannins. Gorgeous texture. Very pure fruit. A bright and more fundamental Seña than last vintages. Restrained at the end. 55% cabernet, 20% malbec, 12% petit verdot, 8% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc. September 2018 release. Needs three or four years of bottle age.

JS, James Suckling



97/100
The Wine Advocate

The truly excellent 2016 Seña could very well be the finest wine produced at this estate that started as a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Eduardo Chadwick and now continues under the guidance of Chadwick and the excellent hand of winemaker Francisco "Pancho" Baettig. The grapes were picked later in 2016, and the final blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Carmenere and 5% Cabernet Franc, with more Malbec and considerably less Carmenere than in the past. This is "only" 13.5% alcohol and has remarkable acidity and freshness, as well as overall balance and elegance that surpasses all previous vintages. Twelve percent of the volume matured in oak foudres, while the rest was aged in barrique (73% new) for 22 months. Even so, the wine is not oaky and comes through as harmonious and elegant within the house style. It's serious, dry and elegant, with zero concessions to sweetness. A mineral and profound red blend. 72,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2018.

WA, Robert Parker Jr.
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Overview

Seña is a unique, 6000-case-per-year Bordeaux blend made in the Aconcagua Valley just north of Santiago, originally founded by Eduardo Chadwick in cooperation with the late American wine icon Robert Mondavi. Eduardo found the right place in the astonishing Valle de Aconcagua after an exhaustive quest for the appropriate terroir. The valley is overseen by Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the southwestern hemisphere, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate.

Certified biodynamic since 2005, Seña treats the conservation of the environment with the utmost importance. As of 2005, the project belongs entirely to Chadwick, who also heads Viñedo Chadwick and Viña Errazuriz. The property is a 42-hectare mountain vineyard with blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Although the vines are very young, having been planted specially for Seña, it means the perfect proportions of grape varietals can be used, including a splash of the oh-so-Chilean Carmenere’s decadent, unending complexity. This makes it for now simply unbeatable in Chile.

Summer reached a heat summation that was 1% higher than our average records. Even though January had warm days, veraison arrived 10 days later than average due to delays held over from the cool spring. The warm summer weather continued all throughout February, allowing the crop to homogenise before getting into the cool days of March that slowed down the ripening process.

The harvest at our Seña vineyard reached maturity later than in the previous season. It was mostly concentrated during the first fortnight of April, except for the Malbec, which was picked in late March, and the Carmenere, picked during the last week of April, just after the rains that arrived halfway through the month, reaching historical records of 79 mm.

The wines have deliciously round tannins and are bolstered by a bright and balanced level of acidity. The flavours of each varietal truly stand out in this vintage, and the quality of the wines is a testament to the quality of Seña’s terroir.

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Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot
Brand Estate
Country Chile
Area / Appellation Aconcagua
Region Aconcagua Valley
Vintage 2016
Format 750mL
Alcohol Volume 13.5%
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Description

Seña is a unique, 6000-case-per-year Bordeaux blend made in the Aconcagua Valley just north of Santiago, originally founded by Eduardo Chadwick in cooperation with the late American wine icon Robert Mondavi. Eduardo found the right place in the astonishing Valle de Aconcagua after an exhaustive quest for the appropriate terroir. The valley is overseen by Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the southwestern hemisphere, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate.

Certified biodynamic since 2005, Seña treats the conservation of the environment with the utmost importance. As of 2005, the project belongs entirely to Chadwick, who also heads Viñedo Chadwick and Viña Errazuriz. The property is a 42-hectare mountain vineyard with blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Although the vines are very young, having been planted specially for Seña, it means the perfect proportions of grape varietals can be used, including a splash of the oh-so-Chilean Carmenere’s decadent, unending complexity. This makes it for now simply unbeatable in Chile.

Summer reached a heat summation that was 1% higher than our average records. Even though January had warm days, veraison arrived 10 days later than average due to delays held over from the cool spring. The warm summer weather continued all throughout February, allowing the crop to homogenise before getting into the cool days of March that slowed down the ripening process.

The harvest at our Seña vineyard reached maturity later than in the previous season. It was mostly concentrated during the first fortnight of April, except for the Malbec, which was picked in late March, and the Carmenere, picked during the last week of April, just after the rains that arrived halfway through the month, reaching historical records of 79 mm.

The wines have deliciously round tannins and are bolstered by a bright and balanced level of acidity. The flavours of each varietal truly stand out in this vintage, and the quality of the wines is a testament to the quality of Seña’s terroir.

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