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Bended Knee

PO Box 334, Buninyong, Vic 3357

Cellar Door: Not

Ph: (03) 5341 8437 or 0407 360 710

Bended Kee label

One of the new wave of small wineries springing up around Ballarat. The vineyard run by the Roche family consists of only 1 ha so much of the grapes are purchased from other small vineyards in the local area.

The wines are made by Peter Roche. Already the Roches have felt the impact Ballarat's fickle weather - lot of the 2005 vintage was wrecked by a severe hailstorm.

At the moment the range consists of Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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)

Bended Knee Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, light-medium bodied but complex, takes you on a roller coaster ride through spicy red cherry, earthy mushroom and rhubarb, leather, tangy minerally acids and even a touch of flat cola, enjoy the ride (****)

Bended Knee Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, rich nose showing strawberry and black cherries with complex white pepper and spice notes, savoury and foresty light-medium bodied palate showing deep fruit intensity, the long finish is well integrated with the oak, shows why this area has promise as the next great Pinot area (****)

Bended Knee Bowen Hill Riesling 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, floral nose showing lime and other citrus notes, respectable fruit intensity and tightness with some flinty minerality on the finish, acid a bit too soft for my liking (***)

Bended Knee Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, restrained nose for a cold climate Chardonnay, light bodied Chablis style, lychee, melon and stone fruit nose, some malo on palate, light unobtrusive oaking (***)