La Linea Tempranillo 2012 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
13.5%, Screwcap, $25
Tasted: December 2013
Australian Tempranillo has come an awful long way.
Long hyped as ‘the next big thing’ in Australian red wine, Tempranillo claimed the mantle as ‘most planted grape variety’ worldwide in the period of 2000-2010, with local planted area expanding from 41 to 476 hectares.
The challenge with such growth, however, is that we’ve had relatively few Australian ‘hero’ Tempranillos to really spearhead the variety’s advance. Sure, there is an ocean of generous and earthy Tempranillo based wines out there, but the barest handful of really smart examples.
Which makes this La Linea all that more significant.
A benchmark Australian Tempranillo at a more than fair price – highly recommended wine indeed.
Score: 18/20, 93/100
Would I buy it? Yes.