“ The Bin 50 has ripe generous fruit, a 'cracked' black pepper finish and just a touch of oak. Particularly good with barbecue-flavoured ribs, pasta bolognese or flavoursome cheese. „
Of the many red wines that I have sampled over the years, I would have to say that one of my all time favourites is this one, Lindemans Shiraz from 2007. Lindemans are a very well known wine maker and they are based in Australia. I have tried quite a few of their varieties but the Shiraz is my personal favourite.
It is significant that this is the 2007 version as each year tastes slightly different, it really depends on the weather that year and what the grapes turned out like. Although I'm certainly no expert in such things, I would say that 2007 was a good year as this version of the wine always tasted very good.
So what does this wine actually taste like? Well as it a Shiraz it's quite fruity and hits you quite hard, but at the same time it has a nice mellow after taste. The wine feels deep and warming and it is also quite strong. This is the kind of wine that is good with a nice meal and yet is also good for drinking if you are having something like a cheese and wine evening. Sometimes I am happy to drink this with a nice bit of dark chocolate.
When it comes to price this one is usually a little more expensive. Back a few years ago I would pay around £7 for a bottle of this. Now it is likely to be a little more expensive as it's a little older. You can often find similar bottles of Lindemans Shiraz in the supermarkets and sometimes if you time it right these can be in offer and you can pick them up for close to £5.
The bottle of Lindemans is pretty easy to spot on the shelves, all the varieties come in similar bottles with similar labels, so you should have no problem finding it. These bottles often has screw tops now which seems to be the way more and more wine bottles are going, this does not bother me as it's easier if you don't intend drinking the entire bottle in one sitting.
Over the years my taste in red wine has changed ever so slightly, what I liked ten years ago I don't like as much now. However, I still find I always enjoy the Lindemans Shiraz and the 2007 version was very nice indeed. If you enjoy red wine then this is definitely one I would recommend, it can be a little more expensive than others but for the all round taste it is probably worth paying a little bit more. If you like red and you like Shiraz, then you will like this one.
When I was younger a red wine was never something I could appreciate it, I much prefered white or pink wine which in my opinion was much easier to drink and a lot nicer. My Grandfather in California often tried to teach me to drink lovely red Californian wines but I sort of resisted until I met my husband. He loves red wine and slowly introduced me to the beauty of red wine. A Shiraz is one of his favourites and it has now become one of mine.
So, what exactly is a Shiraz. Well, according to an article I read, "Syrah or Shiraz is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce powerful red wines. Whether sold as Syrah or Shiraz, these wines enjoy great popularity. Syrah is used as a varietal and is also blended. Following several years of strong planting, Syrah was estimated in 2004 to be the world's 7th most grown grape at 142,600 hectares. Syrah has a long documented history in the Rhône region of southeastern France."
We belong to a wine club which is basically a club that sends you boxes of wine through the post! This is an amazing way to receive bottles of wine in my opinion and always fun when they arrive to see what we have received. We have it set up where we tell them what we like but don't particularly pick a certain wine so this is how we first came to taste a Lindeman's Bin 50 Shiraz. We have had several of these bottles now and have stocked up on more as we like them so much. The bottle is fairly simple, as is the label as it doesn't really have any pictures or pretty paintings (which is usually the way I pick wine) but just has some text about the Bin series. It says the following, "Our award winning Bin Series is testement to Henry Lindeman's vision in 1842, to produce carefully crafted wines from the premium vineyards of SOuth Eastern Australia. Bin 50 is full bodied, well balanced with plum and spice flavours. Bin Series wines are named after the traditional wine cellar where our finest wines were allocated a unique, "bin number," after each vintage to ensure consistent quality."
This wine bottle we have holds 750ml and is 13.5% vol. It has a screw cap which I much prefer as if you don't drink the whole bottle (this never happens in our house) you can save some for later. I also find it easier to open and also I think it keeps the wine fresher. What I love about this wine is the colour, its really very deep and red and looks very thick when you pour it into the glass. If you swish this about in your wine glass (we have proper big rounded red wine glasses) you can see the wine hanging onto the sides, a nice sign thats its a thick, good wine. The smell is nice and thick and alcohol but what I love about this is that it goes down very smooth and doesn't have a sharp acidic after taste or anything like that, just a lovely warm feeling after you taste it.
Now, I'm not the best as picking out flavours from a wine, I know what I like and that's about it. I would love to take a course one day where I can smell a wine and pick out the different grapes and fruits in it but for now I will use a quote to tell you exactly what a Shiraz tastes like:
"Wines made from Syrah are often powerfully flavoured and full-bodied. The variety produces wines with a wide range of flavor notes, depending on the climate and soils where it is grown, as well as other viticultural practices chosen. Aroma characters can range from violets to berries (usually dark as opposed to red), chocolate, espresso and black pepper. No one aroma can be called "typical" though blackberry and pepper are often noticed. With time in the bottle these "primary" notes are moderated and then supplemented with earthy or savory "tertiary" notes such as leather and truffle. "Secondary" flavor and aroma notes are those associated with several things, generally winemakers' practices (such as oak barrel and yeast treatment)."
On the back of the bottle they give you a few hints for use such as to enjoy with pasta, red meat dishes or cheese and to serve at room temperature, between 14 -18 degrees C.
I think we probably paid in the £15-£20 region for this bottle of wine because as it comes with our club I'm not sure on the exact price but as it comes in a box that we pay a certain amount for it can't be more than this and if you're looking for a lovely rich Shiraz then this is one I suggest.
Until I was in my 30's I never appreciated the taste of red wine, but then my partner bought me a bottle of Shiraz and I was hooked. That's not to say I've become an alcoholic, I have neither the money nor the inclination, but a nice glass of Shiraz, in my opinion, is the perfect ending to the day.
I have a number of favourites, but the one I happen to be drinking at the moment is LINDEMANS, so I will review this one for you and you can get tasting.
Syrah, is a classic French grape used in the production of wine. The Syrah grape is known by the Australians as Shiraz (after the town of Shiraz where it supposedly originated).
Bin 50 Shiraz 2007 is a full bodied, well balanced wine with plum and spice flavours. It is a medium wine - not overly sweet but certainly not a dry wine. This wine is a multi-region blend, but don't let that put you off, the fruit may be sourced from a range of wine growing regions but the blend is perfect. The wine is matured with American oak which makes it smell slightly like treacle.
The bottle is the usual dark green glass with a rather tasteful label. Screwcaps are used to 'guarantee freshness' the label informs us - I still prefer cork. The bottle contains 750ml. of wine.
Colour: Plum with crimson highlights.
Nose: Dark fruit aromas - mulberry, plum, spices, vanilla.
Palate: Medium to full bodied with plum, dark chocolate, spice and vanilla flavours.
pasta, red meat dishes, dark chocolate or cheese.
sourced from wine regions across south east Australia.
those who drink red wine in moderation have a decreased risk of heart disease. This is believed to be due to the polyphenols, including tannins in red grapes which seem to provide an antioxidant and antiviral action. This wine contains sulphites.
175 ml glass = around 119 kCal. 0g fat. A 75cl bottle = 510 kCal.
* Dieters beware - with 7 calories per gram, the number of calories in alcohol is second only to fat (9 cals/g). The calories in alcohol are metabolised first by the body, ahead of burning fat - which is not desirable if on a weight loss diet.
LINDEMANS was founded by Dr. Henry J Lindeman, a graduate of London's St. Bartholomew's Hospital who was apparently extremely interested in the health-giving properties of wine. In 1840 he moved to Australia and embarked on winemaking. By the 1860's Lindeman had gained international recognition at the London International Exhibition and the Paris Exhibition. 100 years after Dr. Henry Lindeman planted his first vineyard in the Hunter Valley, LINDEMANS became a public listed company. In 1973 the LINDEMANS Winery at Karadoc was built to cater for increasing consumer demand. LINDEMANS Bin 65 Chardonnay was created for the Canadian/ US markets and launched in 1985 in response to the popularity of the LINDEMANS style of wines in the northern hemisphere. Following its success LINDEMANS Bin 65 was 'brought home' to Australia in 1991. The company is now known internationally as quality wine producers.
(The above history of Dr. Linderman and his company is a potted version of that on the LINDERMANS site - see the site for more info: www.lindemans.com)
LINDEMANS (in my opinion) produce complex, high quality wines at affordable prices (in this case between £6-£7) and the Shiraz is one of their best. Look out for special offers in most of the large supermarkets. This wine is lovely and well worth the price.
Dr. Linderman said, 'the one purpose of wine is to bring happiness ...' and it certainly seems to work for me.
Please don't forget to recycle your bottle.
The Bin 50 has ripe generous fruit, a 'cracked' black pepper finish and just a touch of oak. Particularly good with barbecue-flavoured ribs, pasta bolognese or flavoursome cheese.