La Linea Tempranillo Rose 2020
Tempranillo rosé! Why?
La Linea’s history… Peter Leske and David LeMire don’t necessarily think of ourselves as trendy people, but when they first made a pale, dry, crunchy, food-friendly rosé in 2007, they were decidedly on-trend – and in choosing to make it from Tempranillo, they were ahead of the curve… Their aim was to shepherd the fruit from a specific block, well known to them, into a unique wine that spoke of its variety and origins, while being downright delicious. For that reason the La Linea rosé always been based on a vineyard near Echunga, which grows fruit of great perfume and fine structure, perfect for the style.
Their style and sources—and the ’20 vintage… The 2020 vintage was notable for the devastating bushfires that struck the Hills late in December 2019. Many properties were damaged, including wineries and vineyards; but they were among the lucky ones… the fires were headed our way turned but to the east approximately 1km from the winery, and never approached our primary rosé fruit sources. Their good fortune was others’ tragedy, and while they assisted many in the aftermath in a variety of ways, their lives were changed forever in a way that the team at La Linea cannot imagine. They will always be in their thoughts. Our 2020 rosé is made exclusively from the Echunga block, and is as true to the La Linea style as ever. It is pale in colour but has the La Linea signature aromatics: watermelon and fresh apples, with hints of Turkish delight. While fresh and lively (and as always, bone dry!) it is full-flavoured, with a delicious hint of ‘crunch’ from brief skin contact at low temperature. In an increasingly crowded ‘rosé space’, its style and pedigree are clear.