La Linea Tempranillo 2019
Spain’s great red grape! It parallels Shiraz in Australia, in that it is grown across the country in diverse climates, and made into many styles. Renowned UK writer and critic Jancis Robinson describes it as “… capable of making deep coloured, long-lasting wines that are not notably high in alcohol…”, with characters including “strawberries… spice, leather and tobacco leaves...”.
The aim of La Linea has been to make a fragrant, medium-bodied but savoury wine. It’s what the Hills does best from this variety.
It is 75% Kuitpo + 12% Gumeracha, with the balance being a couple of barrels of 2019 Lenswood Mencia. Call that the not-so-secret ingredient…
From a terrific vintage, a wine true to both variety and region. It has balance and poise, but also a structure which will see it soften and gain complexity in bottle over 7-12 years. If you can wait. We will struggle to.