The final 100 point Chilean in this autumn’s ‘Outsiders’ series is Seña, from Eduardo Chadwick of Errazuriz.
This wine is described by Luis Gutiérrez from Robert Parker’s team as being ‘lower in alcohol and higher in acidity, which provide for a more vibrant mouthfeel and a more focused expression of the character of the place’ than the 2014, despite coming from a warmer year.
2015 SEÑA Aconcagua Valley £490 per six bottles in bond
“Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. Touch of chewiness on the finish. A complex and complete wine that delivers a generosity with firmness. Drink in 2021 but already a classic to drink.” 100 points James Suckling
Originally Seña was a collaboration between Robert Mondavi and Eduardo Chadwick. Located on north-east facing hillsides in Aconcagua, only 40km from the Pacific, the wine is made according to biodynamic principles from a blend of classic Bordeaux red grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and increasingly Carménère and Malbec too. Though the first wines were more Bordelais in style, Carménère has been added by varying proportion over time to give the wines a more distinct Chilean feel.
Launched in 1995, the 2001 Seña vintage was one of the two Chilean wines to take the top two places in the Berlin Wine Tasting of 2004, a blind tasting of iconic wines from France, Italy and Chile, judged by an international panel of experts.