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A Rocas Solid Second Wine: 2020 Rocas De Seña

2020 Rocas de Seña Case

2020 Rocas De Seña

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Seña, a bold joint venture started in 1997 by Eduardo Chadwick (of Chile’s most prominent winemaking family & mastermind behind the Berlin Tasting) and legendary American vintner Robert Mondavi set in the Aconcagua Valley. It has since quickly cemented itself as Chile’s iconic premium red wine, winning countless awards, accolades and fans along the way.

2020 Rocas De Seña

One can only imagine the excitement I felt when I learned that a new second wine was born. The 2020 Rocas de Seña certainly did not disappoint. Led by the esteemed Francisco Baettig as chief winemaker, the inaugural vintage was bottled in March 2022 with just 30000 produced. Named after the rocky soils found in the Aconcagua Valley, the wine features a blend of deeply-rooted Mediterranean grapes (farmed under strict biodynamic principles to maximize the terroir’s characteristics) selected from Seña’s various vineyards:

38% Malbec
25% Syrah
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
14% Grenache
8% Petit Verdot

The grapes were fermented mostly in stainless steel (with 10% in concrete eggs) before spending 22 months in (mostly new) French oak barrels. The addition of Garnache and Syrah into the blend gave it an unmistakable Mediterranean inflection. It has an pleasantly intense bouquet of red berries & woody herbs, which highlights the vivaciously juicy & slightly spicy character on the palate. Having tasted it over a period of three hours (following a two-hour decant), my dining partners & I thoroughly enjoyed its purity & precision. We felt that that the wine’s refined tannins & delectably long finish was especially memorable.

2020 Rocas De Seña

The Rocas de Seña is an incredibly opulent yet balanced wine, one which exudes ample energy, confidence and youthful freshness. It undoubtedly stands shoulder to shoulder with the winery’s iconic flagship.

Mirroring the characteristics that have consistently made Seña such a global success, the beauty of Rocas de Seña lies in the perfect balance between accumulation of sugars and phenolical maturity. For a glimpse of true Chilean viticultural & vinicultural prowess, look no further than this seriously elegant (& cellar-worthy) wine. In short, a Rocas solid effort.

2020 Rocas De Seña

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DANIEL CHEUNG is a Hong Kong-based F&B PR & marketing specialist. Having lived in five countries across four continents by the age of 22, it’s safe to say the native Hongkonger is a true global citizen. With a background in Food Anthropology, as well as culinary training in classic French cuisine at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in London, Daniel possesses a deep understanding in the language of gastronomy. By combining the experience gained from his days as a young chef in some of London’s and Hong Kong’s top Michelin-starred kitchens with his love for developing creative F&B marketing & communications solutions, Daniel founded For Food’s Sake PR in 2015 with the key mission of sharing with the world the inspiring stories behind the various chefs, independent restaurants, bars and artisanal food & wine brands that he works with. To date, the firm has helped over a dozen brands & businesses navigate, thrive and succeed in Hong Kong’s infamously challenging F&B landscape. In addition to his publicist life, Daniel is also a culture fiend and serves as a senior director at Little Adventures in Hong Kong (LAHK), an award-winning luxury travel agency that focuses on bespoke food & cultural experiences to discerning travellers. Working closely with LAHK’s founder Daisann McLane, Daniel spearheaded and continues to run the firm’s expansion into consultancy services and professional culinary programs. Daniel’s opinions and insights in to the food industry are highly sought after; he has been featured in global media outlets such as Monocle Magazine and BBC and South China Morning Post. Closer to home, he has appeared in interviews on Hong Kong’s Crave Magazine, ViuTV and RTHK. During his free time, Daniel can be found on long mountainous hikes with his two whippets, before ending the day with a bottle of Meursault or Brunello di Montalcino.

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