Rocas De Sena (2nd wine of Sena) 2020

Chadwick, Eduardo

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A new second wine here, the 2020 Rocas de Seña is named after the rocky soils from Seña is different as it includes Mediterranean grapes in the blend. This is the first vintage produced, and it’s a blend of 38% Malbec, 25% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Grenache (from their property in Vertientes, where the Syrah also comes from) and 8% Petit Verdot from selected plots from their property in Aconcagua. 2020 was warm and dry and saw an early harvest that delivered concentrated and powerful wines, this one at 14% alcohol and with a pH of 3.53 and 6.09 grams of acidity. It fermented mostly in stainless steel and 10% in concrete eggs, and the blend matured for 22 months in French oak barrels, 65% of them new. The nose is very expressive, and the palate is juicy and textured palate, a little warmer and riper than the Seña, with that Mediterranean twist from the Garnacha and Syrah. It has an intense nose, quite primary, with red berries, herbs and even a citrus touch, but there is no sweetness at all. The fine tannins have grip, and the finish is dry and serious. The élevage was similar to the Seña, but in the future, they might go for a slightly shorter élevage and use some foudres. The wine has a very nice bright color and is still young and lively, very much in the serious and elegant style of the Seña, despite the warm inaugural vintage, showing in the juicy palate. 30,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2022.

Score: 93

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2022 - 2028 31 August 2022

Touch of reduction on the first nose, reflecting the winemaking style and its focus on working the lees. This is the first vintage of Rocas, and it is immediately being sold through the Place, joining its sibling Seña. A mix of Mediterranean and Bordeaux varieties, expect plenty of powerful ripe fruits, juicy and concentrated black cherry and chocolate, with pink grapefruit, lemongrass and mandarin peel marking it out and offering welcome notes of freshness and spice. Tasted twice. 65% new oak. Francisco Baettig winemaker.

Score: 91

Jane Anson, Maturity: 2024+ 02 July 2022

Focused nose, showing fresh red chili chocolate with cigar, truffle, mint, olive and grilled meat. This is a medium-to full-bodied red with incredibly juicy and bright fruit and fine, caressing tannins that linger in the long, creamy but precise finish. Elegant and extremely drinkable with complexity. on top of 38% malbec, 25% syrah, 15% cabernet sauvignon, 14% grenache and 8% petit verdot. The real deal. Second wine of Seña. Drink or hold.

Score: 96

James Suckling, 20 April 2022