Against the odds Robbie McEwen came from the back of the peloton with grazed knees and elbows to win the bunch sprint and the stage in Canterbury today. Go Robbie. So time for a bottle of Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay 2006.
It’s in a sensible screw top bottle. It smells toasty and oaky with melon and ginger underneath coconut and cream. It’s dry with a balanced acidity and quite full bodied. The toasty flavour brings more spiciness on the palate with a little ginger as well as pineapples and peaches. At 13.5%, with a really easy drinking smoothness it does pack quite a punch.
Like Robbie, Bin 65 is a reliable choice, good value, approachable, likable and very Australian. I suspect I’ll need to shop for more Aussie wines over the next 21 days.
Fortunately I wasn’t in charge of the section in which Mark Cavendish crashed into a spectator, I’ve added a gratuitous shot of a Briton leading the Tour to celebrate.