Sena Aconcagua Valley 2021
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Sena Aconcagua Valley 2021
- Grape 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 21% Carmenere 12% Malbec 7% Petit Verdot 3% Cabernet Franc
- Country Chile
- Region Aconcagua Valley
- ABV 13.5%
- Producer Errazuriz
- Case size 6 / 75cl
- An outstanding vintage due to moderately cool conditions that translated into a slow smooth ripening of the grapes. Pure, elegant and refined wine.
- “Sena 2021 is a beautiful deep ruby colour with violet hues. The nose reveals delicate notes of strawberries, cassis and rose petals, framed by hints of cloves, spice and cocoa. Red fruit and blackcurrants, pastries and dark chocolate make for a delicious palate where the tension is perfectly balanced by the juicy acidity and fine-grained tannins, tracing a smooth and vertical backbone through the palate. This wine can be enjoyed for many years to come.”
- Francisco Baettig, Winemaker, February 2023
- Original Wooden Case
The grapes were handpicked in the morning and transported to the winery in 12-kg boxes for a careful inspection on a double sorting table to eliminate plant matter and defective berries. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks at 24°30°C (75°86°F), depending on the variety and the level of extraction desired. The pump overs were carried out daily during fermentation to rotate 0.5-1.5 times the volume of the tank. Total maceration time ranged from 15 to 30 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc, and 8 to 12 days for the Petit Verdot, according to the development of each block blend was racked to French oak barrels (65% new) and aged for 22 months, during which time malolactic fermentation and stabilization occurred naturally. The grapes were sourced from our 350-hectare Sena Hillside Vineyard in the Valle de Aconcagua, located 41 km from the Pacific Ocean. This region features an extended dry season with moderately warm summer days cooled by gentle afternoon breezes that blow in from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyards are planted on a hillside with a north-eastern solar exposure that gives each parcel its microclimates, which in turn produces wines with distinct characteristics.
Tim Mondavi (Robert’s son) and Eduardo Chadwick conducted an extensive four-year search throughout the entire Aconcagua valley, ending up finding the perfect terroir in Ocoa. Tim was ahead of his time in insisting they seek out a cooler site in order to make a fresher, more elegant wine than was the norm in the mid-1990s. From the beginning, one of Sena’s key goals was to work closely with nature while preserving natural resources. This led to implementing biodynamic farming, sustainable practices and organic agriculture very early on in the planning stages and the development of the Sena Vineyard. Sena's 42-hectare hillside vineyard was planted primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere, along with Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The volcanic and colluvial soils on the valley’s slopes present a variety of textures and proportions of stone content, resulting in a great diversity of well-drained gravel and rocky soils with loam to clay-loam texture. Sena is a unique Bordeaux-style blend and is regularly benchmarked alongside First Growths and other top Cabernet based wines. It is known for complexity and structure, as well as fine-grained tannins and acidity.