Lindemans Bin 45 2012

I saw Lindeman’s Bin 90 Moscato on Food & Wine’s “Best  $15 And Under White Wines” list recently.  While my local store didn’t have the Moscato, they had plenty of other selections from this prolific Australian producer, so I grabbed one and gave it a go.

Vineyard: Lindeman’s
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Bin 45
Vintage: 2012
Appellation: South Eastern Australia
Price: $8

Notes:  At the outset I found this Cabernet Sauvignon pretty tight with limited very dark fruit flavors, a lot of pepper, touches of leather, tar and licorice.  On the finish it had a bitter zing much like camphor.  Tannins were extremely light in this dry red (13.5% alcohol), so this is not a bottle to cellar long.  As the wine breathed, however, it did relax a bit.  It took quite awhile – over half an hour – for this wine to catch it’s breath, so-to-speak, at which time the darker fruits broadened into a pleasant background of cherry.  At the same time it didn’t lose much of the rest of the more strident flavors mentioned, including lots of pepper and that zip at the end.  If you prefer more of an attack on the palate, pour it and drink it.  If you’re looking more for the fruit flavors, I suggest you open it early, decant it, and let it oxygenate a good bit.  It’s an interesting wine and will probably pair well with red meat.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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