Dear readers, I am back. After a long hiatus – mostly involuntary – I’ve picked up the pen – or keyboard if you will – again. Now with even more energy, passion and verve for vino. So look out for awesome posts that you will want to read and re-read. Did I ever mention that modesty was one of my many strengths?
Allow me take you back a few moons – maybe even a decade. It seems like a lifetime in wine- years, with the astounding and unforeseen but welcome change the wine world has seen during this time. As you browsed the wine aisles in stores back then – gleaming bottles with labels ranging from quirky, colorful and striking to understated, philosophical and classic – stood like a veritable guard of honor – primped and shiny for your inspection. Amongst this line-up of beauties you noticed a leaping marsupial – in all its golden glory and unrestrained energy. Does this bring the words Yellow Tail to mind immediately? Lindeman’s follows soon after. Then Penfolds and a few others. The Australian wine revolution was spreading. Winemakers from down under were making good wine affordable and accessible to more people than ever before.
Today, these very images and words seem to exude ordinariness. Strictly value but quite unremarkable. Acceptable, but not inspiring. Even aficionados with modest budgets would avoid going the Aussie bargain route if they can. The pace at which the Australian wine industry went from being trailblazers that made good wine accessible to a wider audience, to being the poor cousins of their more distinguished brethren is astonishing. Ever greater wines, from newer and traditional wine regions are now available at affordable prices.
So it was with some hesitation that I picked up the Lindeman’s label on a recent wine buying trip. A 2010 Bin 50 Shiraz. Some knowledge about the Bin series, tucked away in a remote corner of my wine memories, came forward & supported the choice. These are wines made from parcels of fruit sourced from all across south eastern Australia and blended to create a unique style. Distinct parcels of wine are stored in different areas of the cellar and given a unique Bin number – hence the name. This information, combined with exceedingly flattering tasting notes hanging on a card beside the bottle, prompted me to it pick. And I was not disappointed.
This is a delicious wine that lived up to my expectation and some. Great complexity and personality, yet versatile. As likely to complement subtle & mild foods as bold and hearty. Think pasta with a medley of wild mushrooms or a hearty Boeuf Bourguignon. About the only food to avoid with this wine is Asian. The clash of spice in the wine and food would be jarring. Here come my notes and rating.
|2010 Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz $11.99|
|Color||Ruby red, clear, medium to heavy body , legs indicative of body style which is lighter than classic Shiraz.|
|Nose||Rich, deep aroma. Fruit and spice. Strawberry, plum, clove. Richness alluding to velvety, luxurious texture. Complex. Pleasant and heady.|
|Taste||Peppery, spicy, smooth, hint of salt, mellow tanginess. Very pleasing & lingering aftertaste.|
|Remarks||Versatile. Will enhance enjoyment of most foods. Subtle and gently as well as bold & earthy.|