Friday, August 21, 2009

The Doctor is in……

LINDEMANS Bin 50 Shiraz 2008
While my husband is gathering an insurance quotes for combining our two cars I begin to wonder, what delightful and inexpensive wine shall we have tonight….. I find a bottle of Lindeman’s Bin 50 Shiraz 2008. I detect a light floral bouquet, spice, vanilla and a slight oakiness. In the glass the wine is a deep plum color. It is medium bodied with lots of berry flavors and a touch of chocolate. Harsh tannins do not make for a smooth finish. Considering this wine was just bottled in 2008, this does make perfect sense. The bottle states enjoy this wine for up to 3 years after bottling. I must caution even if you keep this bottled for another 2 years, the taste would not mellow. Reason being, this winery uses synthetic corks meaning the wine that was bottled is exactly how the winery intended it to taste.

LINDEMANS was founded by Dr. Henry Lindeman in 1843 and is one of the oldest continuous Australian wineries. Lindeman was an English Man but traveled to Australia shortly after marrying. Concerned by the low quality of hard spirits of the early colonies, he became devoted to the social and medicinal benefits of quality wines (good man!). With a successful medical practice behind him, he was soon able to turn his attention to winemaking and in 1843 he had planted his first vineyard on his 330-acre property 'Cawarra' in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

Dr Lindeman’s philosophy was that "the one purpose of wine is to bring happiness...". I love this guy!!!!!

Chickadees word of the day:
Raw – Refers to a wine that is young, undeveloped and harsh usually caused by unresolved tannins and acidity.

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