Lino Ramble is project born of adventure and excitement, the energy of which shines through in the wines. Vignerons Andy Coppard and Ange Townsend draw inspiration from growers who see organic farming not as a fringe activity, rather as looking after their natural resource base and helping them buffer climate change. There’s also a leaning to some intriguing grape varieties from these carefully selected vineyards, with the winemaking fingerprint kept to a minimum. The house style couldn’t be any fresher, with the wines some of the most vibrant out of the Vale, and incredibly well priced considering the care taken here.
Lino Ramble Treadlie Shiraz 2021$ 24.00 incl. GST
From the Hatwell Family Foggo Road vineyard. Vale Shiraz but not as you know it – a brief 5 day skin contact, 10% Nero d’Avola blended in and no oak used at all. Such a light and fresh iteration, a juxtaposition to the regional norm.
“This is a steal. You rarely get this kind of style for this kind of money. Graphite, clove, mint and sweet plum flavours mix with woodsmoke and roasted nuts. It’s complex, sweet-fruited, flavoursome and more-ish. Wow. Go you good thing.” 91 points, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
Lino Ramble Yoyo Pinot Grigio 2023$ 26.00 incl. GST
From vineyards in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu regions. Skin contact is kept to a minimum, fermented wild and raised entirely in stainless steel.
Pushes back against the neutrality of some Grigios, with zippy acid, decent flavour weight and a nice mineral snap down the middle. Honeysuckle, nashi pears and apples, refreshing and zesty.
Lino Ramble Dot to Dot Arinto 2021$ 26.00 incl. GST
Grown in Chalk Hill Viticulture’s Lanark Vineyard. Minimal skin contact, with free run juice and light pressings to create a fresh and fruit driven style with minimal phenolics. Lifted citrus, nashi pear and apricot with an enlivening acid backbone.
“First release and an interesting one. Acidity rushes through the palate but then there’s a chalkiness to the texture, the perfect complement. It tastes essentially of nashi pear with maybe red apple and citrus blossom rolled through. It feels composed and complete; it’s lively but not nervy. In fact for all its freshness and energy it’s the sense of composure that perhaps most defines it. Like this.” 91 points, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
Lino Ramble Solitaire Grillo 2021$ 26.00 incl. GST
This ancient Sicilian variety is grown in Chalk Hill Viticulture’s Lanark Vineyard. Fun fact – Grillo also serves as the base grape variety of Marsala. Two days of skin contact, wild fermented in old French oak hogsheads. Full malolactic fermentation with periodic lees stirring. Rests in seasoned oak 11 months before bottling.
A delicious style of mid weight stonefruit, preserved lemon/lemon rind and red apple. Finishes with a soft waxy note giving intrigue.
Lino Ramble Ludo Fiano 2021$ 32.00 incl. GST
Grown in Paxton’s Hilltop Vineyard. 60% of the wine remained on skins in French oak foudres, hand plunging twice daily until completion of fermentation. 90 days later it was combined with the pressings component, followed by 11 months maturation in oak, with periodic lees stirring. 100% malolactic fermentation and bottled with minimal sulphur.
The vineyard is surrounded by gum trees which lends a herbal character through the nose and palate, alongside dried flowers and lavendar. Has a great shape and drive, highly aromatic and a pulpy quality occasionally seen with this variety. Treads the line well between tension and richness.
“The aromatics on this wine are quite something. Lino Ramble is such an excellent producer. Citrus blossoms and pure citrus but with, as vague as this might sound, a botanical twist. Citrus oil-like notes with peppermint tossed through, the palate then showing dry pear, lime and more of those blossomy peppermint-like notes. It carries a rush of acidity but it has the weight, texture and flavour to carry it. I’m not arguing that this is a great wine but, even so, I came away enthralled.” 92 points, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
Lino Ramble Peewee Nero d’Avola Novello 2023$ 32.00 incl. GST
Grown in Paxton’s Hilltop Vineyard. 100% Nero d’Avola, Novello being an Italian style of wine which sits between rosato/rosé and dry red. Takes a chill well or drink ambient, absolutely fun juice here. Ultra-raspberries and red berry spectrum, a huge lift of perfume in the mouth, and made with just enough skin contact to give colour it’s light on tannins so makes an excellent partner for spicy foods.
Lino Ramble Blindmans Buff Bastardo 2020$ 32.00 incl. GST
Grown in Chalk Hill’s California Road vineyard, Bastardo is of Portugese origin, though has perhaps found more notoriety by its other moniker of Trousseau in France’s Jura. Bastardo is obviously the cooler name so let’s keep with that. 25% whole bunch, 90 days skin contact, and a portion of carbonic maceration for aromatic lift. A lithe and fine style of almost Pinot weight, it’s a wrap of dried herbs and cherries, rather savoury, and carries an ashy mineral quality. Pretty and super intriguing.
“Tough year, picked earlier by the looks, but the wine has come through. This is just a lovely wine to drink. Refreshment, with character. Both juicy and acidic but with leather, red/black cherry and woodsy herb flavours aplenty. It smells great and the palate fulfils the promise. Velvety tannin completes a most enjoyable picture.” 92 points, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
Lino Ramble Marco Polo Sangiovese 2021$ 32.00 incl. GST
Grown on the Miracle Hill Vineyard, McLaren Flat. Open fermented using indigenous yeasts, 16 days on skins. Matured in hogsheads and puncheon for 12 months, all French oak, 20% new and 80% seasoned.
“This is a particularly smooth Sangiovese, its texture creamy and the overall impression one of polish. Cherry plum flavours with roasted spice notes roll attractively through the palate, cedarwood notes rising on the finish. It’s still in the process of bedding itself properly down but it’s good drinking already and, over the next few years, will only get better.” 91 points, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
Lino Ramble Bingo Jaen 2021$ 32.00 incl. GST
Also known as Mencia, it’s debated whether this variety originates in Bierzo, Spain, or Dão in Central Portugal., which climatically resembles McLaren Vale. Grown on Chalk Hill’s California Road Vineyard, fermented and raised in seasoned French oak for 11 months.
As a drinking experience, has some crossover to Shiraz but offers so much more structurally. Fruit driven with raspberry and blackberry, it’s underpinned by an inky mineral note providing savoury balance and giving it attractive dimensions and interest without becoming chewy.
Lino Ramble Simon Says Saperavi 2021$ 43.00 incl. GST
A Georgian variety, ‘Saperavi’ translates as ‘ink’, befitting its deep colour. An inherently highly tannic variety, the wine is wild fermented in seasoned French oak with seven days skin contact. Grown on Chalk Hill’s California Road vineyard.
“Lino Ramble produces the most boisterous of saperavi. It’s rich in fruit, life and energy. We jump straight into plum, heady violets, blueberry and raspberry jam flavours, with herb notes adding lift and more. It has good shape and dryness through the finish but the momentum is never endangered; it rushes straight on, seducing as it rolls. It’s tasty, warm-hearted and delicious; it’s pretty much irresistible.” 93 points, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront