Francisco Baettig, Seña’s Winemaker
The 2018 vintage of Seña is one of the most captivating vintages ever seen for this wine. An elegant and yet very attractive wine, generously offering fresh and juicy fruits that reminds of blueberries, raspberries, some spices and elegant Cuban cigar box notes. Seña 2018 is a wine that accomplishes that unique balance between power besides elegance and tension, all framed by some very fine-grained tannins that speak of an extremely balanced wine. I believe we are beholding one of the greatest vintages ever crafted in the 25 years of Seña’s history.
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 f 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.
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Eine ikonische Entscheidung wird von Herzen getroffen. Nach dem Zeichen seiner Intuition war Eduardo Chadwick 1995 Pionier eines Joint Ventures mit Robert Mondavi, um einen chilenischen Wein von Weltklasse in Handarbeit herzustellen. Chadwick suchte vier lange Jahre neben Mondavi, bevor er im chilenischen Valle de Aconcagua das ideale Terroir fand, das zu ihren Instinkten sprach. Seña ist der Höhepunkt ihrer Vision - ein Ausdruck vollendeter Qualität und Charakter.