La Linea Sureno is my kind of red and my kind of Tempranillo. Rich flavours but subtle, silky mouthfeel, oh my! it is good. Great perfume and soft. Plums, choco, cherry cola, floral. So good. Drinking really well now too.
This wine is a blend of six specific barrels from two southerly vineyards: one at Macclesfield (4 barrels) and Kuitpo (the other 2). Both sites feature gravelly ironstone soils but are at quite different altitudes. Kuitpo is higher and cooler, and offers perfume and tight acidity; the warmer conditions at Macclesfield ensure a firm, tannic core.
Started in 2007 La Linea is a partnership between to wine (un)professionals with a passion for Tempranillo. Working now with six vineyards from North and South Adelaide Hills. The passion shows in the quality of the final wines.
This is a big and varied region. Basically it stretches from the top of the McLaren Vale all the way to the bottom of the Barossa. This means there is a big scope for climatic conditions. In the central part where its altitude is quite high, you can get some of the best sites in the world for Sparkling wine. In the slightly warmer parts of the centre, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme with Riesling, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc worthy of honourable mentions.
Top-quality grape grown all over the Iberian Peninsula (with many pseudonyms). It can be used for Rosado or Joven (released after 6 months) all the way up to Gran Reserva (60 months in the winery). It ages very well and top examples are said to compare to Burgundy. Cherry and cola are typical descriptors, it has moderate to low acid, moderate tannin and the naturally high pH allows for a silky mouthfeel that is not seen in other red wines.