A recent buying trip to Chile, and one of the most spectacular tastings we’ve ever attended, highlighted an absolute superstar wine, the 2015 vintage of Sena. As a 100-point vintage of one of South America’s flagship wines, this was a big seller on release, and now with eight years of maturity, it’s living up to its potential. It’s very highly recommended, so I am delighted to have pristine cases to offer.
Originally a project between Robert Mondavi of Napa and Eduardo Chadwick, Sena is one of Chile’s most important wines. From a spectacular and steep single vineyard with a breadth of complex soils and aspects, Sena is a complex and serious wine that ages magnificently. Our tasting took in many vintages spanning the years 1998 through to 2021, and all were deeply impressive. Of those with bottle age (look out for the magnificent 2021 in September), the 2015 shone and is a pick.
2015 was a perfect vintage for Chile, with a long growing season that allowed for the perfect hang time for the grapes. This, combined with winemaking with a focus on preserving freshness and elegance, means a vivid and energy-driven wine with beautifully pure and sweet fruit and a long, complex vintage. It’s in a lovely place now while still having tremendous potential with extra bottle age. We’re not the only fans; James Suckling gave this 2015 100 points after his last tasting in 2017.