Seña 2018

2018
Aconcagua Valley

Seña has been one of South America’s most successful wines over the past quarter of a century. Seña began in 1995 as a joint venture between Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi. The two partners searched for four years before settling on a single vineyard with a unique micro-climate in the heart of Chile’s Ac ncagua Valley. The Seña vineyards are only 40km from the Pacific Ocean, giving the terroir a crucial maritime influence. The lower median temperatures produce balanced acidity and an elegant and finessed wine. The blend in 2018 is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 15% Carmenère (the Chilean magic ingredient), 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Fermentation was in a combination of stainless-steel and concrete vats. The wine was matured in new barriques and Stockinger foudres for 22 months. Seña 2018 has been a smash hit with critics - their highest scoring vintage to date. James Suckling leads the way with a perfect 100 point score and comments: "The palate is more glamorous with ultra-fine tannins that envelop your palate. Shows power and vibrancy at the end. Toned muscles. It's a very intellectual wine that harkens back to the 2015." 100 points 2018 is the second vintage to score 100 points from James Suckling after the legendary 2015. This huge score is backed up by a highest ever score from Wine Advocate meaning there is no doubt that 2018 is the greatest vintage of Seña ever. Luis Gutiérrez writes: "This has to be the finest vintage of Seña to date". 98 points

Region
Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
Reviews

James Suckling 100 Points, Robert Parker 98 Points

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Ratings

100 Points James Suckling

98 Points Robert Parker

Chile

Chile

Chile is one of South America's most important wine-producing countries. Occupying a thin strip down the western coast of the continent, it is home to a wide range of terroirs, and an equally wide range of wine styles. The Chilean viticultural industry is often associated in export markets with consistent, good-value wines, but some world-class reds are also made, commanding high prices. For red wines the initial export mainstays have been Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Chile’s golden age was the end of the 19th century, when the rest of the wine world had been crippled by downy mildew and phylloxera but this isolated wine producer could supply almost limitless quantities of healthy, deep-coloured wine, made from familiar vinifera vines that had been imported into Chile earlier in the century.

Chile’s most important red wine variety by far is Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for more than a third of all vines planted. País (Criolla Chica in Argentina), grown mainly in the unirrigated south, ends up in cheap cartons sold on the local market. Merlot still has a very strong presence but less so than before the formal identification in 1994 of the old Bordeaux variety Carmenère. For many years no distinction was made between the two varieties and many vineyards had mixed plantings. A growing pride in what many refer to as Chile’s signature variety has resulted in many more high-quality wines labelled Carmenère or comprising Carmenère blends. But Chile's fine wines now include Syrahs, Malbecs, old vine Carignan from Maule and, increasingly, red blends.