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La Línea Tempranillo Rose

Adelaide Hills, South Australia

La Línea

La Línea is a joint venture between David LeMire MW, who has been working at Shaw & Smith since 2010, and Peter Leske, who was winemaker at Nepenthe until 2006...

Their first vintage was in 2007 and the focus since the start has been on Tempranillo. Peter had made a Tempranillo at Nepenthe, so knew the best growers in the Hills. These wines illustrate the potential for Tempranillo in Australia, so we’re delighted to bring them into Europe for the first time.

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Vineyards

Grapes for this wine are sourced from the Llangibby vineyard. Located in the central hills between Echunga and Mount Barker, it is on a gentle east-facing slope at approximately 350 metres above sea level. The soil is shallow grey-brown loam over clay. The site is of moderate vigour and the vines do not need a great deal of ‘intensive‘ management: selective shoot removal in spring is normally enough to ensure balanced canopies and adequate fruit exposure. The vines were planted in 1999 and are grafted onto phylloxera-resistant rootstocks.

Vintage information

2014 was not without its challenges, with small crops due to some unsettled weather during flowering. In mid-February a string of half a dozen hot days ended with a significant amount of rain over 24 hours. The following four weeks of dry, mild, and sunny weather from late February was just what the vines needed, and the results are very exciting.

Vinification

The winemaking is simple, letting the character of the fruit  and site shine through in the glass. The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness and given some time on skins before being pressed, then racked, fermented and bottled soon after completion.

Tasting Notes

Fragrant, crisp, fine and dry. Aromas of red apples, Turkish delight and red berries precede the freshness and crispness that good rosé needs, followed by the subtle tannin edge which offers length and generosity on the palate.

Vintage information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Tempranillo
Region Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Winemaker Peter Leske
Consultant Winemaker David LeMire
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%