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Member Name: Whizz11
Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz 2007
Advantages: Lovely rich taste, thick
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.
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