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Liberty Wines adds Australian Tempranillo to portfolio

Published:  19 August, 2014

Liberty Wines has added Australia's La Linea to its portfolio, which managing director David Gleave MW says demonstrates the potential for Tempranillo in the Adelaide Hills.

The wine is a joint venture between David LeMire MW, of Shaw + Smith, and Peter Leske, former winemaker at Nepenthe. The pair have chosen to focus on Tempranillo, selecting the best growers and sites for the variety in the Adelaide Hills.

Gleave said: "We are fortunate to have been working with Shaw + Smith throughout our 17 year history and have known David LeMire for many years, so it was nice to see them join forces in 2010. Over recent years, we have had the opportunity to taste the La Linea wines with David and have always been impressed with them. Unfortunately, he has never had enough wine to export - until now.

 "The addition of La Linea to our portfolio underlines our ongoing aim to represent what we consider to be the top producers in any wine region, those who are committed to producing wines with a 'sense of place', whether they be large wineries or small producers. La Linea's production is very much small scale, but the wines illustrate perfectly the potential for Tempranillo in the Adelaide Hills and strengthen our premium Australian portfolio."

La Linea Adelaide Hills Tempranillo Rosé 2014 (rrp £15.99, 12.5% abv) is sourced from the Llangibby vineyard, a cooler site on shallow grey-brown loam over clay that is located at 350 metres on the central hills between Echunga and Mount Barker, producing a fragrant, dry and tangy rosé.

La Linea Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2013 (rrp £18.99, 13.5% abv) comes from 'Amadio Kersbrook', an east-facing vineyard on grey-brown loam that lies between the villages of Kersbrook and Williamstown to the north of the region. The climate is considerably warmer and drier here, producing earlier-ripening fruit with more tannin and lower acidity that is ideally suited to serious red wines.