James Suckling 98 points. This has a lacy and open style with aromas of violet and orange zest, as well as blood orange and young red cherry. There’s a savory edge here, too, with some red-rose and pot pourri notes. Fresh forest leaves as well. The palate has a very lacy feel with smooth, supple and long, seamless tannin. Lithe, elegant and smooth-honed. Very drinkable now, but more to come in a couple of years. This is a great Block 5. Try from 2023. JS. “This feels like a very different release of Block 5, even more symphonic, sure, there’s a lot of that always going on with this wine, but around central Bindi Block 5 thematics, dark...
LANDS EARLY NOVEMBER OR SOONER The Block Five vineyard is about half of one hectare in size on a sheltered, north facing, and very quartz riddled site. It is a wonderful natural vineyard exposition. The wine is always darker in fruit expression and immediately more spicy and earthy that the Original Vineyard. It is less immediately perfumed and has 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 these wines are more profound. The wine spends 15-17 months in French barrels of which about 35% are new. This wine is...
James Suckling 92 points. The classic Bindi Pinot signature of perfume and red fruits is immediately evident here. There are also some darker fruit notes and spice aromas giving added complexity. The balance of roses, red and dark cherry, raspberry youthfulness with more earthy and savory complexities is very pleasing at this early stage The palate is fleshy, supple and silky with fine tannins and balanced acidity carry the fruit for a long finish. There is so much appeal right now it's hard to recommend cellaring, however another three years will give added complexity and it will drink well for a decade.
James Suckling 96 points. A blend of de-classified Original Vineyard and Block K pinot noir, aimed at a more direct, youthful style. The nose has super clear red cherries, dark cherries and raspberries with a very complex, spicy edge that is so deeply wrapped into the fruit. Some rose-like florals, too. Wow. The palate has an elegantly juicy feel with a smooth, pastry-like tannin texture. Layered and succulent. Such pristine red to dark-cherry flavors. JS. The Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir is based upon declassified grapes from the Original Vineyard planted in 1988 and grapes from the new Block K, planted in 2001. The ideal of this wine is to...
LANDS EARLY NOVEMBER OR SOONER WINERY NOTE: The 2020 Dixon spent 10 months in barrel and was bottled in mid February. This wine is a composition of sections of the original 1988 planting and the 2001 Kaye vineyard. It has a lifted nose of roses, red cherries, strawberries, rhubarb and spice. The palate is fresh, supple, smooth, builds in texture and has good length. As always, it will be more complex and fuller in three plus years. The Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir is based upon declassified grapes from the Original Vineyard planted in 1988 and grapes from the new Block K, planted in 2001. The ideal of this wine is to produce a delicious, perfumed,...
James Halliday 96 points. Oak provides a modest spruce, but fruit, spice, tannin and a pure line of acidity all work here towards something wonderful. Complex flavours run along precisely drawn lines; tannin taps at the edges with the touch of a watchmaker. JH. The Original Vineyard has over its history become know for its signature perfumed bouquet and silky, pure palate. This relatively quartz riddled, gently north sloping three acre vineyard produces very fine, spicy, fragrant wine that has high natural acidity and develops beautifully given 6-10 years careful cellaring. As it ages the depth of aroma increases in and the palate becomes...
“This is great pinot noir. Silky, satiny, sumptuous but bright, held in its sheath by tat-work of lacy tannins. A sense of purity, fresh fruit, gently sweet, a nibble of bright acidity and pleasing bitterness, cool flow, exceptional length and such a delightful, gentle flow of all this. It tastes refreshing, in a way, or gives off a sense of that feeling. Effortless and straight up delicious, with plenty of architecture, particularly in the sense of smooth rock and slate-like minerality embedded in the subtle fruit characters of the wine. This is pure class, pure feeling, wonderful drinking, sparks imagination and calls you back to the...
LANDS EARLY NOVEMBER OR SOONER The Original Vineyard has over its history become know for its signature perfumed bouquet and silky, pure palate. This relatively quartz riddled, gently north sloping three acre vineyard produces very fine, spicy, fragrant wine that has high natural acidity and develops beautifully given 6-10 years careful cellaring. As it ages the depth of aroma increases in and the palate becomes increasingly harmonious and is characterized by a sweet fruited, textured flourish. In comparison to the Block Five this wine is more seductive and delicious in its youth whilst still significantly rewarding cellar time. The wine...
The Farrside vineyard sits on a northeast-facing slope and consists of limestone topped with black volcanic soil. The vines were planted in 2001 and run east-west to protect the fruit from overexposure to the sun. The clones are a mixture of 114, 115, 777, 667 and MV6. Even though the Farrside and Sangreal vineyards are only 300 metres apart, the darker soils and cooler growing conditions of the Farrside vineyard mean these grapes are picked 10 to 12 days after all others and produce a more masculine and edgy wine. The fruit is hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, then fermented in an open-top fermenter. Between 40 to 50 per cent of the...
Wine Front 93 points. The vineyard (planted on original rootstock in 2001) is located in the heart of the Western District Farming country, approximately 150 kilometers south-west of Melbourne. The soils across the slope of the site are a mixture of grey sandy clay loams at the south end to dark brown loams with fragments of buckshot and quartz gravels towards the north. All with underlying brown to yellow clays. Overall the soils remain very moist throughout the year because of the clay based soil profile and annual rainfall of 885mm, resulting in the very attractive damp earthiness character in the fruit and wine. Nick Farr has been taking...
The fruit for this wine is sourced from the Cote Vineyard as is the GC Chardonnay. A close planted / high density planting of Pinot Noir on a exposed cote. These hillsides facing North, North East and East will be the backbone of the Farr dynasty for decades to come. The fruit is hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, then fermented in an open-top fermenter. Between 40 to 50 per cent of the fruit will be stemmed and then cold soaked for four days. We use only the natural yeast for the fermentation process, which takes roughly 19 days. Grape-stomping (known as pigeage) will occur two to three times a day depending on the amount of extraction...
The Sangreal vineyard was planted in 1994, making it their oldest vineyard. It lies on a north-facing slope and the soil composition is bluestone and over limestone, with red ironstone colouring the surface. This is unlike our other vineyards, which are mostly black volcanic soil with heavy amounts of limestone on the surface. The vine rows run north-south, receiving full sun exposure throughout the day, resulting in more perfumed, prettier wines. This is always the first vineyard to be harvested. The clones used in Sangreal are 114 and 115, which we believe have mutated over time to become the ‘Sangreal clone’, now within its own...
From a single, one-hectare vineyard comes a wine with the classic By Farr nose - a beautiful earth-driven bouquet of integrated spicy fruit, mineral elements and oak characters. Tout Pres' signature forest floor character is complemented by fine tannins.
WINERY NOTE: It all starts with the vineyard, paying careful attention to pruning and the health of the vines. Cool climate vineyards enable the vines to produce rich flavours and characters over a longer growing season. Our Pinots have never been shy in colour and the 2018 vintage is no exception - gorgeous crimson red with a hint of purple. Aromas of cranberry, lavender, violet and herbs. The plate is supple with soft tannins, leading to a long, lingering finish. Closure: Screw Cap Perfect with cold tea smoked duck!
Trophy: Pinot Noir of the Year for Australia and NZ - Winestate 2019. Only 2100 bottles produced. WINERY NOTES: WINE NOTES Colour: plum red, hints of purple Aroma: black cherry, blueberry, five spice + potpourri Palate: supple, berry fruits, bright acidity, gentle tannins, structured, lingering finish Cellar: mid term cellaring - 10 years VITICULTURE Region: Yarra Valley Vineyard: Willowlake Vineyard, Gladysdale Mandala Vineyard, Yarra Junction Harvest: handpicked 15th + 18th March 2017 WINEMAKING Process: gently destemmed, whole berry, 20% whole bunch Fermentation: open pots, 4 day cold soak, partial wild ferment, foot stomped, warm ferment...
The perfect example of a Yarra Valley pinot noir, taken from vineyards throughout the region. Ruby red, bright and fresh; this pinot is fruit forward, with a little spice, and very easy to drink. Colour: bright ruby. Aroma: black cherry, violets, raspberry, spice. Palate: red berry fruit, cherry, silky tannin. Cellar: zero to eight years.
Jeni Port for James Halliday 95 points. "MV6 clone, whole berry ferment, 7-day ferment on skins, 10 months in French oak (35% new). The bar has been lifted. Tightly focused, a raft of intoxicating scents of pomegranate, black olive, cherry compote, plum, vanilla pod. Deliciously irresistible. Underpinning succulent fruit is a warm savouriness filling the mid-palate accompanied by supple tannins that last right to the finish" WINERY NOTE: Our flagship Pinot Noir, taken from cooler Yarra Valley sites for freshness and bright fruit. Everything you’d want in a top-quality Yarra Valley Pinot Noir; red fruits shine up front with layers of...
“Sweetly fragrant red and dark cherries with some amaro-like herb and spice complexity. The palate has a very fresh, crisply defined feel with intense red-cherry flavors and a crunchy resolve. 92Points.” JamesSuckling.com, October 2020 [2019 Vintage]. WINERY NOTE: Our Pinot Noir has an attractive garnet colour and delivers a cherry and raspberry fruit profile along with savoury fleshiness. The barrel fermentation develops the rich flavour and aroma of the wine and a good portion of new barrels adding classic soft oak characters helping the overall integration of the wine. Serving the wine cool (around 15 degrees) will ensure the flavour...
WINERY NOTE: The concept behind our Equilibrio range is to promote the very best barrels, clonal mix and new oak integration to create a wine that will benchmark the potential of each vintage. Some would call it Reserve but we call it Equilibrio as great wine is all about harmony and balance. This vintage, we treated small parcels of our MV6, D4V2 and 777 clones a little differently in the vineyard. We pruned for lower yields and also completed a green harvest to keep the fruit level below 2.5 tonnes per acre. At harvest, these blocks were handpicked and combined to be vinified as one parcel. The resultant wine is elegant and structured with...
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