The history of Lindemans wines began in 1843, when Dr Henry Lindeman planted his first vines. In line with his personal philosophy,only the best grapes should be selected from priviledged terrain for the production of Lindemans wines. Thus, vintage after vintage, of these wines are award winning. If Merlot is one of the early maturing grape varieties, it nevertheless plays an important role in Australian viticulture and is part of the main varieties grown in the country. The Australian vineyard is mainly concentrated in the southern regions, where the climate is mild enough. Temperatures of 20 °C on average, in summer, provide a solid foundation for vine cultivation. However, the vines have to face low rainfall, intermittently. The Bin 40 Merlot from South Eastern Australia is derived from fully mature grapes, carefully selected by Lindmans winemakers, thus providing very low yields. Once harvested, the clusters undergo gentle fermentation and the wine is aged in French and American oak barrels.