Lindemans Classic Release'Bin 6600' Shiraz 1983 (1 x 750mL), 5 Star Prov

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The old Lindemans Hunter River Burgundies are what we know these days as Hunter Valley Shiraz, though some were known to receive the odd splash of Pinot Noir to add lightness and a hint of extra complexity. Widely recognised as two of Australia's greatest ever wines were the 1965 Bin 3100 and 3110 Lindemans Hunter Burgundies, and this 83 vintage 6600 follows in its illustrious ancestors footsteps.

Kept back in Lindemans cellars until re-released in 2000, this wine was made by Hunter legend Karl Stockhausen, and is a rare opportunity to see why so many industry insiders praise Hunter Shiraz so highly.

In Stockhausen's words: “Nothing special was done on the winemaking side of the 1983 Bin 6600. It just happened to be a great wine of a good vintage. It cannot be over-emphasised that much of the flavour and texture of a Shiraz depends on the grapes that produced it. In other words, great Shiraz is made from grapes of great vines.”

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The old Lindemans Hunter River Burgundies are what we know these days as Hunter Valley Shiraz, though some were known to receive the odd splash of Pinot Noir to add lightness and a hint of extra complexity. Widely recognised as two of Australia's greatest ever wines were the 1965 Bin 3100 and 3110 Lindemans Hunter Burgundies, and this 83 vintage 6600 follows in its illustrious ancestors footsteps.

Kept back in Lindemans cellars until re-released in 2000, this wine was made by Hunter legend Karl Stockhausen, and is a rare opportunity to see why so many industry insiders praise Hunter Shiraz so highly.

In Stockhausen's words: “Nothing special was done on the winemaking side of the 1983 Bin 6600. It just happened to be a great wine of a good vintage. It cannot be over-emphasised that much of the flavour and texture of a Shiraz depends on the grapes that produced it. In other words, great Shiraz is made from grapes of great vines.”

Region:
NSW - Hunter Valley
State:
New South Wales
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

“The most memorable wine of the week was not the 2000 de Vogue Musigny VV, drunk at the Chairman’s dinner, but a 1983 Lindemans Bin 6600 Hunter Burgundy. It was utterly sensational, and I want to write about, buy and pour this sort of Australian Shiraz for my friends whenever I possibly can. It is the most alluring expression of this noble grape, and I can also get to the bottom of a bottled unaided.” Matthew Jukes

Winery Tasting Notes

The selection and cellaring of Classic Wines is a time honoured Lindemans tradition, unique among Australian winemakers. Each year parcels of the finest wines produced by Lindemans in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Padthaway and Coonawarra in South Australia are selected for extended cellaring under impeccable conditions. As they approach optimum maturity, these wines are released as Lindemans Classics - a mantle that embodies the very essence of Lindemans proud winemaking history.

The 1983 Lindemans Hunter River Shiraz Bin 6600 has a developed dark brick red colour with concentrated leathery bottle-developed characters reminiscent of Hunter Shiraz fruit from a low-yielding vintage. The palate shows rich soft mature medium-bodied fruit flavour with a soft dry tannin finish.

This wine is regarded as a true Hunter Classic.

Medals & Trophies

Gold Medal 1997, Melbourne Wine Show Class 50

Gold Medal 1994, Sydney Wine Show Class 53

Gold Medal 1988, International Wine & Spirit Competition, London