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La Línea Tempranillo Red

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

The grapes for the red are grown on a vineyard known as ‘Amadio Kersbrook‘, located 300 metres above sea level at the northern end of the Adelaide Hills region, between the villages of Kersbrook and Williamstown. The vineyard is east-facing and soils are grey-brown loam. Its location makes it considerably warmer and drier than where the grapes for the rosé are grown, so the fruit ripens earlier and has much more tannin and lower acidity - features that make it perfect for a serious dry red.

Vintage information

2013 was a fine growing season, with some warm days balanced by consistently cool nights. It was a relatively dry season and grapes ripened a touch earlier than usual. The weather leading up to harvest was mostly dry, ensuring perfectly healthy fruit.

Vinification

The grapes were fermented using wild yeasts in open top fermenters, with occasional pumping over. The wine was aged in old French oak for 11 months and then aged for a further five months in bottle. 

Tasting Notes

Deep rich crimson. The wine shows great varietal typicity. Attractive fragrant perfumes of red berries with floral hints and notes of spice and pomegranate essence. Medium bodied with soft, ripe tannins.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Tempranillo
Region Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Winemaker Peter Leske
Consultant Winemaker David LeMire
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%