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2013 La Linea Tempranillo Norteno

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Cracka Rating

RRP $35.99 per bottle

Our Price $32.99

Case Price

$395.88 (12 x 750ml)

cracka review

La Linea have quickly established themselves as Tempranillo technicians, as winemaker Peter Leske crafts very Latin-looking examples from the far north of the Adelaide Hills. This is a more grunty, masculine interpretation of Tempranillo as it’s left in oak longer. Expect aromas of cherry, spice and meaty, savoury elements, before a palate of dark fruits that would go well with pan-fried chorizo.

expert reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Similar colour to the varietal; fuller, slightly riper, fruit with good focus and expression, the tannins more grainy. No question the best of the La Linea '10 Tempranillos.
2015
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Marginal colour development; some hints of maraschino cherry on the bouquet, and the potent cherry fruit of the palate deals with the tannins without undue effort.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95

winemaker's notes

Over our brief history we have consistently observed that the wine from the warmer, northern site exhibits specific qualities that justify bottling some on its own. These are slightly darker colour, bigger and more assertive tannins, a ‘darker’ fruit character, and arguably greater ageing potential. And so we took a handful typical barrels and bottled them separately.

We have called this barrel-selection wine Norteño, Spanish for ‘Northern’, reflecting its origins. The wine has received more time in bottle prior to release, and we believe will reward cellaring for longer, too. It should look terrific for at least 5-8 years.

Alc/Vol: 14%