Lindeman’s Bin 85 Pinot Grigio 2015

Very light straw color; fruit salad, peach on the nose; peach, pear, apple, lemon, lime, melon on the palate.

Medium body, crisp, very nice acidity (3.29 pH), creamy, clean. No oak. Simple, very straightforward pinot grigio; great price is the major selling point.

Dr. Henry Lindeman started the winery in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia, in 1843 and began exporting wine in 1858 (surviving a cellar fire set by an arsonist in 1850). Lindeman’s original vineyard no longer exists and the winery has vineyards at several locations in South Australia. Today, the winery is part of the Treasury Wine Estates portfolio. Treasury Wine Estates is one of the world’s largest wine companies and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Other notable brands include Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Beringer, Gabbiano, Stags Leap, Sterling Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) and Rosemount.

Lindeman began in its Bin series of wines in 1985. It features consistent, very affordable wines in different varietals. The Bin series wines, like this pinot grigio, are serviceable but lack distinction—which is what you usually get for a bottle costing $5. The Bin 65 Pinot Grigio works for summer sipping around the pool or on the patio. Works, too, as a third-bottle pour or a party where people are focused on fun and visiting, not on what is in their glass or plastic cup. $5-6

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Second photo: Lindeman’s winery and vineyard.

Lindeman’s Bin 85 Pinot Grigio 2015
Lindemans winery and vineyard