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2005,  Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz Review 

Over All Rating - "Highest Recommendation"

Where we got it and how much it cost. 

At our local Kroger Store for 11.99 with plus card for a 1.5 liter magnum bottle.  This places a standard bottle at about 6 bucks.

Where is this wine made. 

In South Eastern Australia, with significant proportions from Sunraysia, Padthaway and Coonawarra.


General Impression of Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz, 2005

Like just about any wine from Lindemans this one was excellent.  I am not a huge fan of Shiraz (or Syrah as it is also known) wines but I do enjoy them and they certainly have a place in my wine rack.  This is one of the better ones under 8 dollars a bottle and with out a doubt at the top of the Australian list for this price point.  

This is a nice wine, the color is very purple and the aromas make you think of berries and cherries.  That body is medium to full bodied and it is one of those wine you like even better after the 2nd or 3rd glass.  I found the oak more noticeable after the first glass as well.  

All in all the best part of this wine is the finish which is excellent, smooth and lasts quite a while.  It also changes as it fades revealing a lot of different flavors.


What Flavors are Most Dominant or Evident In This Wine?

The flavors include red berry, fruit, spice, chocolate (in the background) and some oak.  Aromas are cherry, berries, prune, spice and vanilla.


What foods will this wine go well with?

This one is big enough to handle steaks, lamb and game with ease.  Two meals jumped into my mind when I first sipped this wine.  First lamb chops grilled and brushed with rosemary infused olive oil.  Sound complicated?  It's not!  Pour a bit of olive oil in a bowl and sprinkle a generous amount of rosemary into it.  Let it sit a while and brush the chops with it as you grill them.  Second, grilled venison backstrap wrapped in bacon, over mesquite coals of course.  If not over mesquite coals user your gas grill and mesquite wood chips in some foil for a similar effect.


What's Grapes are In Lindemans  Bin 50 Shiraz, 2005?

100% Shiraz / Syrah


Will I keep it In My Wine Rack, If So How Much?

Probably not.  The issue here is that this wine can be found every where so unless I have a dinner planned with it that will need a few bottles the most I will have on hand is a bottle.  There are four stores with in 10 minutes of my home that are always in stock so no need to stock up. That said I would not question a person for a second who kept a half dozen bottles on hand.  That said it will be in peak drinking through 2008 so I may just hide a few bottles to try in 09, just to see.


Who Is Going to Enjoy This Wine?

Drinkers of full bodied reds that enjoy a dry fruity wine.  Shiraz is quite a bit different then Cabernet, Merlot or Zinfandel wines.  That said if you like most reds you will like this too but you will notice a definite difference.  Syrah produces deeply colored wines with full body, firm tannin, with aromas and flavors that can suggest berries, smoked meats, bell peppers, spice and ripe fruit.  Most of those are in this one.


What Does the Bottle or Vintners Web Site Say About this Wine?

From the Bottle:  Lindemans is one of the most respected and enduring Australian winemakers, crafting wines since 1843.  Consistent from one year to the next, Lindemans Bin Series has become one of the world's favorite range of wines.

Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz is a rip, full flavored wine that can be enjoyed with pasta, red meat dishes or cheese.

From the Wine Makers Tasting Notes:  The 2005 vintage was of consistent good quality across all regions. Favorable seasonal conditions - particularly mild temperatures, with few sustained hot periods, and moderate and generally well timed rainfall - resulted in good quality and steady ripening of fruit, with full varietal characters being developed.

  • Flavor - A medium to full bodied palate with layers of red berry and bramble fruit complimented by hints of dark chocolate. The finish is long and supple and shows nice creamy, spiced touches from the oak maturation.

  • Food Matches - Ideally suited to Beef, Duck & Lamb

  • Peak Drinking - Now through 2008


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