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: Bindi


Bindi Wine Growers

343 Melton Rd, Gisborne, 3437

Cellar Door: Not

Ph: (03) 5428 2564


Bindi is a small producer (6 ha) with a cult following that concentrates on the site-specific expression of the Burgundian varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Demand massively outweighs supply but you can go on the mailing list on the website.

Bindi is situated nearly 500m above sea level. Since establishing the vineyard in 1988 the Chardonnays and Pinots have become iconic as the famous Victorian tiny-production wineries such Bass Phillip, Giaconda and Mount Mary.

Bindi is very much a family affair driven by philosophical ideals as much as science. All Bindi wines are dedicated to Kostas Rind (1909 - 1983). Owner Bill Dhillon states: "Kostas was a Lithuanian sage who epitomised wisdom and humility. From a migrant hostel near Albury, this mathematician and former professor was recruited to Ballarat Boys Grammar School. Kostas taught me much. He introduced me to wine. I was privileged to know Kostas and am very grateful for his influence. We continue to dedicate Bindi wines to Kostas."

The disciplined approach in the vineyard is fundamental to Bindi's success. The canopy management is intensive with an open canopy to enhance light penetration and giving full physiological ripeness whilst reducing risk of disease.

Pruning in the vineyard is rigorous with no use of chemical pesticides and only hand picking at harvesting. Burgundian barrels (30%-40%new) are used with proportions of wild yeast ferments and minimal filtration.

The portfolio has been broadened through with Heathcote-sourced Shiraz under the Pyrette label.

Michael Dhillon is now the wine-maker with consultancy advice from Stuart Anderson.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir 6 2016

Purchased: Not ($135)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2017, about 5% whole bunch inclusion, †floral and deep set red cherry, raspberry, plum and black cherry with rose petal notes, dried herb and musky spices, quite long, textural and minerally with sweet vanilla French oak (35% new) and firmish savoury tannins (*****)

Bindi Quartz Chardonnay 2016

Purchased: Not ($80)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2017, taut and perfumed white peach, lime and lemon with slate and white flower notes, linear and moderately creamy and minerally with powdery phenolics and savoury smoked bacon oak, crunchy grapefruit acidity (****1/2)

Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Purchased: Not ($80)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2017, 5% whole bunch inclusion, fragrant,plush and glossy sour red cherry and raspberry with dried herb and rose petal notes, focussed and medium bodied, earthy with minerally mid-palate, chewy and †savoury tannins (****)

Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir 2016

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2017, perfumed and red cherry, raspberry and plum with rose petal notes, hints of musk and anise, medium bodied with good length, fleshy and earthy and fine savoury tannins (****)

Bindi Kostas Rind Chardonnay 2016

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2017, sleek, taut and flinty lemon curd, lime, melon and white peach with cities blossom notes, minerally with firm pink grapefruit acidity and savoury phenolics (****)

Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, highly perfumed, silky and delicate glazed cherry, raspberry and blueberry with anise, musk and rose petal notes, lithe, earthy and dusty palate, modestly spicy with restrained clove/vanilla oak, very long and linear with vibrant orange tinged acidity (*****)

Bindi Kostas Rind Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, about 25% malo, replaces the Composition Chardonnay, flinty granny smith apple and nectarine with a hint of lime and orange blossom, long and sleek minerally palate with crunchy grapefruit acidity and briny phenolics (****1/2)

Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($52)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, new release, this is a blend of declassified Original Vineyard fruit (1988 vines) with the new Block K (2001 vines), .not quite as complex or long as the Original Vineyard but is harmonious with a good medium bodied core of strawberry, plum and cherry fruit with rose petal florals, musky spices and a touch of anise, earthy with chalky, savoury tannins and restrained oak (****)

Bindi Composition Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, a bit more succulent and generous than the 2011 but still elegant and tautly structured, melon and white peach with white flower notes, minerally with powdery phenolics and savoury/smoky bacon oak, bright grapefruit acidity, very good line and length (****1/2)

Bindi Quartz Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2019+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, has longer time in the barrel than the Composition, perfumed, slaty/wet pebble style showing lemon butter, melon and white nectarine, †chalky and tightly wound with a touch of mid-palate lanolin plumpness, well integrated toasty clove/vanilla/almond oak with briny sea shell phenolic nuances on the lingering finish (*****)

Bindi Quartz Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, very long and textured style showing lemon butter, melon, grapefruit and citrus blossom with spice, lanolin, matchstick and mineral notes, chalky and tightly wound with seamlessly integrated clove/vanilla.almond oak building up to the briny sea shell phenolic finish (*****)

Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($95)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, from a very good vintage this a touch more precise and supple than the Original Vineyard without compromising the brooding power of Bindiís top tier releases, sour red cherry, plum and redcurrant with rose petal and forest floor notes, the dusty and complex palate has very good length and shows a tightly structured finish with enough tannic and acid grip to warrant a decade in the cellar (****1/2)

Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, very long and shapely core of sour red cherry and plum with rose petal, liquorice and earth notes, the minerally palate opens light and silky and builds intensity and complexity down its length, fine chewy tannins with a firm acid structure and a whisper of chocolate/vanilla on the finish, will develop further with cellaring (****1/2)

Bindi Composition Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, taut and focussed nectarine, white peach and pear with mealy notes, vibrant minerality with a pleasing pulpy texture, backbone of tangy and penetrating grapefruit acidity, the French oak brings some subtle spicy vanilla-clove to the finish, a precise and poised cool climate style with similarity to top level Chablis (*****)

Bindi Composition Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, fragrant red cherry and strawberry with rose petal, forest floor and musk notes, deep set with a touch of mid-palate glossy sweetness but generally earthy and minerally with some textural complexity, discrete spicy cedar oak with a chassis of powdery tannins (****1/2)

Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003

Purchased: Parkhill Cellars, North Melbourne ($55)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, I have kept this one in my cellar for six years to have with Jasmina, a friend from Perth, it was worth the wait, aromatic with a vibrant, powerful but supple backbone of black cherry and maraschino cherry with spice, musk, liquorice and savoury complexity, fine powdery tannins, I checked an old volume of the Halliday Wine Companion and found that he predicted this would fall over by 2009, this certainly isnít the case with my bottle which I think is still to hit its peak, the longevity is one of the things for me that distinguishes Bindi from lesser Pinot Noir producers in Australia (*****)

Bindi Composition Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, floral, tight, linear and pristine nectarine, pear and melon with oatmeal lees, infused with grapefruit acidity, minerals and well judged vanilla-clove oak (****1/2)

Bindi Composition Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, well balanced, linear and moderately intense black cherry and plum with musky perfume, richly textured with earth and forest floor complexity and precise acids, just a light touch of spicy cedar, persistent fine grained tannins (****1/2)

Bindi Composition Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($47)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, complex and stylishly balanced showing seamless stonefruit, white peach, nectarine and melon, slightly funky floral nose, 10% partial malo, taut with the persistent flinty minerality, admirably restrained spicy-cashew-vanilla oak and lees inputs are in harmony with the fruit intensity (****1/2)

Bindi Composition Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($52)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, opens lean but opens to a peacockís tail of vibrant and spicy red cherry and plum with dried herb, cinnamon and smoked meat notes, medium bodied and savoury, the rather early vintage has meant the fruit definition was never going to be a classic by Bindiís lofty standards but the skill in the wine-making is evident (****)

Bindi Composition Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, fragrant and funky lemon blossom and white peach nose compared to the austerity and discipline of the palate, seamless nectarine, white peach, melon and grapefruit, light malo doesn't get in the way of the flinty palate, subtle nutty lees texture, spicy cashew-vanilla oak features, long minerally finish shows lemon citrus acids (****1/2)

Bindi Composition Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, floral nose showing vibrant expression of nectarine and grapefruit, partial malo but still showing a tight and flinty palate, nutty lees features, spicy cashew oak features, well balanced fresh acid, minerally finish, good drinking well now but will develop over the next five or so years (****1/2)

Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($88)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, big and dark brooding style with black cherry, plum and a hint of beetroot with loads of spice, intense medium-full bodied palate with earthy and savoury features, balanced tannins, spicy oak (****)

Bindi Composition Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($39)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, lively black cherry and plum with plenty of spice, good depth, medium bodied palate shows plenty of the regional earthy and savoury features, fine tannins (***1/2)