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2014 La Linea Tempranillo

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RRP $30.99 per bottle

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$335.88 (12 x 750ml)

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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.

expert reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
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
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
Louise Radman (2008 Vintage) says
Brimming with bright fleshy raspberry, red licorice and cherry with savoury roast tomato and herbs. Richly textured, succulent and satisfying with softly powdered tannins. Matured in older French oak barrels
86
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A mix of juicy berry and more savoury notes; work-in-progress with more depth needed.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
It's not going to win any awards for its label design but, as a first release, this is an interesting wine. It's a curious mix of flavours but a convincing example of Aussie tempranillo. Cherry and strawberry, meat, tomato paste, lemon rind and peanuts all feature as it passes through your mouth. It's not a big wine, but its modest alcohol serves it particularly well, as do its suede-like tannins. It has length and interest too. Watch this space.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
90

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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