Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir 2012
The combination of a remarkable vineyard site and a talented and driven winemaker has conspired to make Bindi one of Australia’s finest small producers of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz.
Bindi’s tiny production of hand crafted wines and Michael Dhillon's perfectionist approach to both vineyard management and winemaking epitomise the ideals we search for in producers across the globe. It has been a story 20 years in the making and it’s one that is still far from over.
Diam cork closure. The Block 5 vineyard is about half a hectare in size on a sheltered, north facing, and quartz riddled site. The wine is always darker in fruit expression and immediately more spicy and earthy that the Original Vineyard. It is also more concentrated with more tannin and fruit power. The wines from this vineyard require more bottle ageing to develop the same suppleness and delicacy as the Original Vineyard but even in their youth are deeper and more profound. Block 5 spends 15-17 months in French barrels of which about 35% are new.
The aromas of Block 5 are typically darker and deeper than our other Pinots and this is again the case in 2012. It makes for a less immediately charming wine when young compared to the Original Vineyard, however when aged for four to seven years it relaxes and shows increased aromatics and complexity. Presently, there are dark cherry, spice and savoury elements on an otherwise discreet nose. The palate, in contrast, is fresh, zesty, intense, very tight and focused and drives long. The finish is tight, balanced and structured. It is a wine that history shows improves well with six or so years and will drink well for several years beyond that. We have recently opened the 1998, 2001 and 2004 Block 5 wines and they are now mature and powerful. They are fully mature but not fading and can be enjoyed for a few years yet when cellared in appropriate conditions. Michael Dhillon; Bindi
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