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Seña is an authentic Chilean blend made from the finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot varieties. The Carmenere variety adds an evident Chilean personality to the wine.

To maximize quality, the fruit is handpicked exclusively in the morning and brought to the winery in 12 kg boxes. The grapes are then carefully selected on sorting tables and all extraneous plant material, leaves, and stems are removed to ensure fine fruit character in the final blend. The grapes are mostly fermented in stainless steel tanks at temperatures ranging from 24° to 30°C (75°–86°F), depending on the variety and seasonal conditions (microbiological load, and alcohol potential), to achieve the desired level of extraction. 6% of the must are fermented in first-use French oak barrels to increase the complexity of the blend. During fermentation, 3 pump overs are performed daily at 0.5 to 1.5 times the tank volume, in accordance with the degree of extraction desired. 

Total maceration time range from 20 to 33 days for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carmenere and 6 to 8 days for Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, depending on the development of each individual lot. 

The new wine then racked to 100% French new oak barrels from a selection of the finest cooperages is aged for 22 months, during which time most of the malolactic fermentation takes place.

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“Our 2002 Seña captures the essential elements of the Seña style: perfectly balanced with ripe fruit complexity on the nose and elegance on the palate. Black fruit as blackberry and blueberry are emphasized by spicy notes of sandalwood and cedar, with rich undertones of freshly turned earth and cocoa. The ageing in new French oak contributed integrated notes of toasted vanilla. Spicy, chalky tannins create a lively sensation on the palate. The wine fills the mouth on entry and carries through to a long finish. The considerable tannic structure should allow the wine to age very well and to continue gaining in complexity for many years.”

The 2001 – 2002 season got off to a usual start in the Aconcagua Valley with 201 millimetres of rainfall between June and August 2001. However, the spring was quite cold, and heat summation was 6% below average, which therefore demanded intense vineyard management and a closely monitored irrigation program to prevent excessive vigour and possible disparity in budding, cluster formation, and harvest dates. The temperatures were slightly lower than the historical average in the summer months (January – March), which slowed the vineyard’s phenological evolution and required us to wait for the tannins to fully ripen towards the end of April and delay the harvest by approximately seven days concerning average years. Yields were medium and produced ripe wines with good concentration of flavours.

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Valle de Aconcagua

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