A Wine Lover’s Weekly Guide To $10 Wines – A Popular Merlot From Australia

Over the past several years we have reviewed lots of Merlots, and lots of Australian wines including a few from a giant wine producer, Lindeman’s. This winery was founded in by a physician who believed in the health powers of wine. His popular line of nine varietals sell an almost unbelievable one million bottles a week. Our companion wine is a Kosher Israeli Merlot that costs about $12 in our baliwick but doesn’t seem to merit the same Internet discount.

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Wine Reviewed Lindeman’s Bin 40 Merlot 2013, 13.5% alcohol about $9 (we paid $11).

We can start by quoting the marketing materials. “Tasting Note : Ruby red colour; black cherry and spice on the nose; soft round plummy flavours with herbal notes in the finish.” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was sweet and thin. It had little acidity and no tannins. A potato knish (potatoes and onions in puff pastry) rounded the liquid; I sensed a bit of smoke among the sugar. The initial meal centered on a cheese-less lasagna made with spinach noodles, spicy salsa, ground beef, peas, and sliced green olives. In response the libation was rather long, presenting light acidity, plums, and black cherries. Fresh strawberries for dessert simply flattened the fermented grape juice.

The next meal kicked off with pea soup containing barley and beans. Now our Aussie mate was thin but I did sense some plums. The main dish consisted of home-made sauteed chicken breast nuggets. Dr. Lindeman’s offering came out of this meeting sweet, round, and plummy. The side dish of green beans cooked in coconut oil sharpened this drink’s acidity and strengthened its plums. Today’s dessert was fresh blueberries that had the effect of taming my glass’s sweetness as well as its fruit.

My final meal kicked off with Japanese rice crackers that made the Merlot plummy with dark cherries. Then came the rigatoni noodles (some had spinach and some did not) in a tomato and meat sauce. Now the drink was juicy with a little bite that seemed to get better and better as the meal progressed. I enjoyed fresh blackberries that had the effect of strengthening the wine, but it wasn’t very pleasant.

Final verdict. I won’t be buying this wine again. But I bought its Chardonnay cousin, which I plan to taste next.

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