An imminent arrival

  • Wine philosophy: Henry Lindeman began in the Hunter Valley of Australia in 1843

    Wine philosophy: Henry Lindeman began in the Hunter Valley of Australia in 1843

We all know the perils of promising something because the ship should have arrived, but in this case I have the paperwork in hand guaranteeing that the container is on the dock.

I feel secure in saying that a new range of wines, for us, should be out in the market during this first month of the year.

The fact is that they have been available here for years, but the previous importer seems to have run out and we have been getting calls to ask when ours might land.

We are about to have seven wines from Lindemanís Bin Series and, as they will all be $14.80 a bottle, I would suggest that they fit well in the Monday to Thursday night category.

I am a firm believer that people are astute, and it is not possible to build a major brand if the quality is not offered in the bottle.

Lindemanís can be found in over 100 countries, and each year 80 million bottles are opened.

Lindemanís global popularity has been driven by the positive philosophy of Dr Henry Lindeman, who established Lindemanís in the Hunter Valley of Australia in 1843.

They are approachable and accessible, with an unfailing record of consistent quality and timeless appeal.

Lindemanís Bin 65 2018 Chardonnay is a delightful medium-to-full bodied chardonnay with excellent varietal flavours of melon and peach.

The palate is soft and smooth with spice hints across the long, balanced finish. I cannot see any reviews of this latest release, but I often quote Canadian Natalie Maclean and this is what she said about the 2016: ď88/100. This is Canadaís most popular chardonnay for a reason: great taste for the price. Aromas of toasty oak and golden apples. Perfect for roast or grilled chicken.Ē

If you are concerned that the grapes for a 2018 were just picked, please remember that a Southern Hemisphere 2018 is like a 2017 from our half of the planet, as they are a season ahead of us.

Lindemanís Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc is a multiregion, multi-vineyard blend, with premium fruit sourced from a range of districts in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

This fruit-sourcing policy enables Lindemanís winemakers to produce consistent wines from one vintage to the next despite varying conditions.

This is a reliable, all-purpose wine made in an unoaked style, which highlights the varietyís distinctive, fresh herbaceous and tropical fruit aromas and flavours.

Of course, where would we be without an Aussie shiraz and here we have Bin 50 2017 Shiraz that is a medium-bodied red wine from South Eastern Australia, made to offer a combination of plum, berries and spices for a more intense flavour.

This cask-aged shiraz also has subtle vanilla notes for a deliciously smooth finish.

Although merlot tends not to be a big seller for us in the higher price ranges, except of course St. Emilion and Pomerol, we do find a very good demand for everyday wines of this type, especially California and other New World countries.

I suspect that Lindemanís Bin 40 Merlot, with its aromas of cassis and liquorice and palate of fleshy, mouth-filling flavours of plum, sweet spice, hints of chocolate and creamy-vanilla oak, should be a mover in our market.

As you read this, I could well be wading through the heavy snows of Waterloo, Ontario and looking at an ad from the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) that describes Lindemanís Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon in this way: ďDeep garnet red colour; minty aroma with oaky notes; full-bodied with cassis, cherry and vanilla oak flavours.Ē

Let me add some hints of chocolate.

If you look closely into Lindemanís Bin 85, I can assure you that you will find their 2017 pinot grigio that features a lovely amalgam of floral and tropical nuances with nashi pear and apple characters, finishing with grapefruit acidity that creates a clean and lengthy finish.

Lindemanís Bin 90 Moscato is described in this way by Wine Enthusiast magazine: ďThis is a frankly sweet, dessert style of still moscato. Itís modest in alcohol, offering up notes of oranges, melons and honey that are reasonably balanced on the finish. The price makes it a bargain.Ē

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Published Jan 4, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 4, 2019 at 7:29 am)

An imminent arrival

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