Sena was established as a joint venture between the powerhouse Chilean wine estate Vina Errazuriz and the colossus Robert Mondavi; its inaugural vintage was in 1995. In 2005 the Chadwick family took 100% ownership of Sena; Sena is the personal project of Eduardo Chadwick, who is realising his vision of creating an iconic Chilean wine that expresses the terrior of Chile. Sena translates as personal signature, a sign of Eduardo’s commitment to embracing the local soil, aspect and climate located in the Aconcagua Valley north of Santiago. In fact Don Maximiano Errazuriz – Eduardo’s great grandfather – founded Vina Errazuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of Santiago, in order to take advantage of the cool rains and hot dry summers that experience moist and cool Pacific Ocean breezes, ideal for growing grapes; vines that Don Maximiano had sourced from the finest clones of France.
Sena is a Bordeaux style blend, yet remains authentically Chilean assembled from the finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot varieties. It is Eduardo’s view that Carmenere adds a Chilean personality to the wine, we agree, the wine would be poorer for its absence. All the grapes are sourced from the Sena hillside vineyards where the vines are tended using bio-dynamic principles. The two wines embrace the paradigm of delicate handling, elegance and complexity and to this end the fruit is handpicked exclusively in the morning and painstakingly selected on sorting tables. The majority of the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks, yet 6% are selected and fermented in new French oak barrels. No expense is spared with Sena and the eponymously named Vinedo Chadwick is aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 22 months.
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