A warm spring and cool summer.
A complex wine with elegance - and great ageing potential.
After a mild winter and a shortfall of rains, warm temperatures encouraged a fast spring start with a very healthy bud break, and perfect flowering and fruit set as October to December were warmer than usual. Although 2019 is considered to be a warm vintage in Chile, our Seña vineyard enjoyed a cooler than average summer, resulting in a total heat summation of 1,478 DD. This was exactly the same as in 2018 and very much in line with our historical records.
Being sited close to the sea and with the benefit of coastal winds, temperatures fortunately cooled during January, March and April, allowing for a long hanging period. This gave rise to a slower accumulation of the sugars needed to balance the gradual softening of tannins and the development of fruit driven flavours: So the wines' fruit intensity and bright acidity was preserved.
The 2019 harvest started on March 15th delivering a rather small crop with complex aromas and flavours. The young wines had a seamless texture, good structure and silky tannins combined with great length, elegance and finesse, that shines out all the way through it. This is a great vintage of Seña which will need some time in bottle to reach its full expression and intensity. Its fresh and vibrant acidity promises tremendous ageing potential.
Ageing 22 months, 80% new French oak barrels, 10% foudres
James Suckling 98 Point!
Robert Parker 98 Point!
Tim Atkin 98 Point!