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    64
  • Producer ranking ?

    14
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

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  • Food Pairing

    Fried duck, grilled Entrecote & roasted lamb chops

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The Story

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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Average Bottle Price

2021
132€

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“Seña 1996 has a violet-red colour with a very expressive nose featuring cedar, graphite, loam, coffee, and liquorice over a base of black fruit and strawberry compote. Although still young, this is a wine with firm but ripe tannins and displays various layers of sweet spice, such as cloves, and light balsamic notes. An elegant touch of tobacco and ginger lend complexity on its long, fresh finish. This wine will continue to develop its full potential over the next 6 to 9 years.”

A cooler-than-normal season allowed the fruit to reach optimum ripeness while retaining good acidity, resulting in elegant wines with great depth. In early summer, warm weather ensured good fruit set, and meticulous work in the vineyard and adjusting crop loads during veraison resulted in exceptional uniformity in ripening. The season’s cooler temperatures extended the ripening period and encouraged excellent aroma and flavour development in both grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere.

Dark ruby with rust-coloured rim. Dusty cocoa-powder nose and a hint of mint. Losing fruit and guts but well mannered. Now this is a bit simple and veering towards gaminess. Tim Mondavi was involved, keen to make elegant style.
 

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Origin

Valle de Aconcagua

Drinking temperature

17-18C

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Rocas de Seña

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