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2014 La Linea Tempranillo

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A little bit of Latin loving via the Adelaide Hills, winemaker Peter Leske of La Linea long held the suspicion that proper Tempranillo could be made in the Hills and the proof is in the glass. Expect to find a mix of vibrant, red berry fruit, spice and white pepper. It’s medium bodied with soft, savoury tannins making it an essential match for meat-based tapas.

Winemaker's Notes

The ’14 La Linea is a blend of two principal vineyards. The majority (53%) is from Kersbrook in the north of the Hills; the balance predominantly from a slightly younger and cooler site, just south of the village of Gumeracha.

Our aim from the outset was to make a wine that speaks of the variety and region, which means a fragrant, medium-bodied but savoury, style. Oak is not part of the story; while all of our red Temp spends approximately nine months in French oak barrels for evolution and maturation of the relatively firm tannins, the youngest of them is three years old, and the oldest, a decade. Our ’14? The nose is a perfumed mix of raspberry and cherry, as well as dried herbs: sage, sorrel and marjoram. Gently tannic but lively, with a mouthful of those red fruits, it’s a generously fleshy but savoury wine of length.

Alc/Vol: 13.5%

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2014 La Linea Tempranillo

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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
I have long admired La Linea as one of Australia's more authentic takes on tempranillo, and 2011 is a particularly flattering vintage for this wine. The cool season has coaxed out more varietal integrity than ever, in an elegant and poised demeanour of black fruits, mixed spice and classic 2011 pink pepper notes, topped off with finely textured tannins and a long aftertaste.
2012-2017
Wine Taste Special Edition 78
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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92

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