SEÑA

2018

EN PRIMEUR

This is a very thoughtful Seña that shows unique aromas of warm earth, mushrooms and conifer, turning to dark berries and black olives. 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. Blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 18% malbec, 15% carmenere, 7% cabernet franc and 5% merlot. Rating: 100 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Sep 2020)

In Bond

75cl bottles (wood case of 6)

Duty Paid

75cl bottles (wood case of 6)

* This is a pre-shipment/primeur offer. All orders are accepted under the TERMS of this offer which differ from the terms of the rest of the site.

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 of 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. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 98 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com (Aug 2020)

Average growing season temperatures at Seña were significantly lower in 2018 than in 2017 and that, coupled with a subtle Pacific Ocean influence, has delivered a fresher style. For all that, it remains the most exotic and “Mediterranean” of the top Errázuriz reds, with more colour than its partners and top notes of rosemary and lavender. The palate is still quite firm, with sinewy tannins, toasty, cigar-box oak and good depth and structure. Marrying Cabernet Sauvignon with 45% Malbec, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, with ageing in 85% new wood, it’s youthful, assertive and slightly inchoate, hinting enticingly at more to come in bottle as the oak integrates into the wine. Rating: 96 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Sep 2020)

The season began with important water reserves in the soils of our Seña vineyard, due to the rains recorded from May to October totaling 344 mm, 29% above the historical records of 266 mm for that same period. This provided ideal hydric conditions in the soil, which along with the mild temperatures recorded during spring, allowed a bud break aligned with the historical dates and perfect flowering. In return, thanks to a warm December the fruit set was simply excellent.
The ripening period maintained the trend of perfectly moderated temperatures. January provided delicate cooler temperatures just like November, thanks to a significant number of cloudy days that reached a heat summation 5% below historical records, delaying veraison in one week.
After this cooling pause, grapes were ready for a long and tender ripeness time, perfectly backed up by February and March that scored almost identical heat summations to the historical records. Yields were a little higher than historical averages for all varieties in the vineyard, except for Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon, with 6% and 3% lower than average, respectively. Once the harvest came to an end, the beautiful ripeness and uniqueness of the intense aromatics arising from the grapes were captivating, faithfully representing the greatness of the vintage and our exceptional Seña terroir.
Barrel Aging 22 Months 85% new French oak barrels, 15% Stockinger foudres
Winemaker's notes (Sep 2020)

Seña is the joint venture between Robert Mondavi of Napa Valley and Eduardo Chadwick of Errázuriz, who dreamed of creating an iconic Chilean wine, that fully expresses the terroir of the Aconcagua Valley north of Santiago. The word Seña means signal in Spanish, thus signalling their intention to showcase the first iconic Chilean wine.

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. 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.

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Ordering

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Delivery

  • Shipment to our bond (at LCB Creek Road) and insurance are included in the in bond price.
  • Delivery is free to Lea and Sandeman / Elephant Storage accounts, both duty paid and in bond.
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  • The wines will become available by the end of the year and should be shipped very early next year.