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...
Normally one has to hock a kidney to buy Bindi - -but this entry level label makes it almost a Tuesday night night impulse choice. Styling with the very best of the blue-bloods, this wine is majestic, glowing and glorious. Wine Front 95 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 savoury complexities is very pleasing at this early stage. The palate is fleshy, supple and silky with fine tannins and balanced acidity carrying...
“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 fruit, finesse, power, texture, structure, there’s something almost avant garde here – high toned floral and peppery/mezcal notes, lavish garrigue characters, amaro too. It’s a wine that seems vividly complex and shape-shifted dramatically over four days open. Perfume is wild, brambly, sweet-sour fruits and light woody spice. The palate is silky but in a way that feels brushed the wrong way, in the best sense, where tannins overlap and grip gently....
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."
James Suckling 94 points This delivers a very confident, concentrated and seamlessly structured pinot noir, which has a rich array of ripe red cherries, sappy undergrowth and nicely placed spicy oak. The palate opens up with expansive, bright and fleshy red and darker cherries. The tannins curl effortlessly around the long, expansive finish. 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 produce a delicious, perfumed, spicy harmonious, textured wine that is not as intense, complex nor ageworthy as our...
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, spicy harmonious, textured wine that is not as intense, complex nor ageworthy as our individual vineyard wines. Even when the outstanding Block K vines are older we will continue to declassify sections or barrels from each vineyard and produce this wine. The wine is fermented the same way as our other Pinot Noirs in that it is ostensibly 100% de-stemmed and gently worked in small open vats. The wine spends 11 months in French...
Jeremy Oliver 93 points. 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 spends...
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...
James Suckling 98 points. #63 of Suckling Top 100 Wines for 2020 "This really sings with intense, ripe pinot fruit in an irresistibly complete style. Deeply complex, intense aromas of fresh dark cherries, orange-peel and violets, as well as blueberries and a subtle, earthy edge. Wet stones here, too. The palate is so very silky and has a plush, vibrant and fluid texture with seamless delivery of ripe red and dark-cherry flavor in supple and silky mode. This is very open and drinkable. Very complete and long. Drink or hold. "
A meld of Dijon clones and the domestic stalwart, MV6, this abuts the lauded Sangreal Vineyard, albeit, the vines are younger, of a cooler disposition and hailing from darker soils over a limestone substrata. Hand-harvested and fermented under the aegis of wild yeast with a good whack of whole-bunch fibre, this exotic and sturdy pinot was ten raised in Allier wood for 18 months or so, with a single racking. Darker fruit allusions in a pinot context, corralled by an expensive kirsch richness across the mid-drift, hints of orange zest acidity, ginger and ample clove, cinnamon and turmeric-clad tannins, slinky, a bit edgy and expansive. Drink...
Huon Hooke. The Real Review, 97 points. The Sangreal Vineyard is the oldest planting (1994) on a north-facing slope of red ironstone on the surface going to limestone to bluestone below. The rows run north to south, gaining full sun exposure throughout the day and resulting in prettier, more perfumed wines. It’s always the first vineyard to be harvested. Sangreal is consistently made with 60 to 70% whole bunch and aged in new oak. It is fermented in a five-tonne oak barrel with an open-top fermenter, and cold soaked for four days before a natural fermentation of seven to nine days. Once the cap falls, the tank is pressed. The wine is...
We’re on the road here though. We are journeying. We’re sweeping through leaves, digging through undergrowth, licking at the sap and running through the forest in search of berries. In our wake; strings. Of tannin and spice and smoky acidity. It has intensity without feeling forced; it has such momentum through the finish that you feel carried along with it. The Farrs know how to farm a wine. Tasted: Apr 20; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $120; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2021-2029+; Rated: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front. The pinnacle of the By Farr Pinots, the Tour Pres vineyard was planted in 2001 on a special, and somewhat intriguing...
James Halliday 98 points. This wine shouts Applejack from the rooftops: it's perfumed, elegant and relatively light-bodied, but with a fireworks display of red fruits and complex, savoury tannins. As with all Giant Steps pinots, it's not fined or filtered. 13.5% alc, screwcap 98 points, drink to 2030,
James Suckling 96 points and no 70/ Top 100 wines of 2019. James Halliday 96 points. There is purity and finesse to this young pinot with sliced-strawberry and lemon character. Tight and polished with beautiful finesse and length. Goes on for minutes. Love the brightness and focus. Drink or hold. JS 96.
James Suckling 95 points, James Halliday 96 points. A finely textured and delicious pinot with ripe-strawberry and floral aromas and flavors. Medium body. Fine tannins. Flavorful finish. Always a gem. Drink or hold. JS.
Predominately sourced from Giant Steps Yarra Valley vineyards, this years blend also includes 8.5% Pinot Noir from Giant Steps Tosq organic vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand which adds a touch of structure. 40% whole bunches were included in the ferment with maturation taking place in French oak of which 10% was new for a period of 8 months. Semi translucent bright dark red colour with black tinged edges and a light vibrant red hue. Perfumed scents of violets, dark cherries, ripe strawberries and anise sail out of the glass followed by light forest floor, dried clove and spice notes. Delicious red to dark fruits fill the mouth,...
Winery Notes: This new vintage release is already tasting beautifully. Very approachable, our Pinot Noir is made for those who like their Pinot long, savoury and lean with abundance of fruit. Yarra Valley Pinot Noir is such a cool cat. It’s our bread and butter, our heart and soul. It’s our hero wine out here, and we freaking love it. Subtle, perfumed. Just 100% totally drinkable and awesome. Smells of cranberry, boysenberry, cherry and earthy dried spices. Tastes like velvety dark fruits, with soft savoury tannins. Winemaking: above average winter rainfall replenished soils for the growing season, producing truly amazing, highly...
Wine Front 94 points. It is a little known fact that the block of Pinot Noir directly in front of the Mount Pleasant winery is one of the oldest plantings of the famed MV6 (Mothervine 6) clone in Australia and that the majority of the plantings in this country have been propagated using cuttings from this block. #RED
James Halliday 94 points. Gary Walsh, Wine Front, 95+ points. A blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Pinot Noir. Small production. Big heart. It’s a wine that most often brings a smile to my face, and for a slightly jaded animal such as myself, that’s something of a small joy. Fine, perfumed, juicy, supple, are words that roll quickly off the keyboard as I taste. In terms of detail, well I’m thinking raspberry, a touch of smokiness, chocolate wrappers and other happy things. There’s a gentle graininess to the tannin, a coolness to the acidity, and a fine almost savoury finish. It’s a beautiful wine. Something different, and quite special I...
Winery Notes: Wine Notes Colour pale pink hue Aroma rose petals + red berries Palate savoury, textural + refreshing Cellar 3 years +. Vintage Notes “In contrast to the warm and compact growing season of 2016, Vintage 2017 saw a return to more traditional conditions. A cool and wet spring delayed budburst and flowering and consequently we had a later start to harvest in early March. Some truly ideal weather followed with about three to four weeks of blue skies and temperatures in the high 20’s with no heat spikes. The even temperatures, cool nights and long ripening period provided us with some excellent fruit across all varieties.” Rob...
Winery Notes: Only 500 dozen made. 2016 was one of the most compact growing seasons the Yarra Valley has experienced. A warm spring followed by a warmer than average Summer forced an acceleration of ripening process but also a retention of fresh acidity due to the cool nights resulting in Pinots with plenty of ripe, generous characters. Twenty percent of the fruit was whole bunch fermented with maturation taking place in a mixture of new (30%) and seasoned French oak hogsheads for 9 months. Semi translucent dark red colour with a crimson hue. Fragrant scents of ripe red cherries and strawberries are overlaid by subtle dried clove notes,...
James Halliday 94 points. "I am yet to taste a Western Australian pinot that I thought tasted like, well, pinot. Until now. Sensual, crunchy red-fruited pinot billowing sex appeal along chiffon-like tannic rails, powdery and fine, with a burst of acid perk across the finish? None. Until now. This is it. Nothing floozy. Nothing too sweet." Ned Goodwin for Wine Companion Published 01 August 2019 COLOUR Deep Crimson with a purple hue. NOSE Elegant perfumed bouquet of bramble fruits and savoury spice. PALATE The palate displays considerable fruit concentration of plum and dark berries. The fine ripe tannins are very well integrated with fruity...
Trophy 2018 Perth Royal Wine Show Gold 2018 Perth Royal Wine Show Gold 2018 Australian Single Vineyard Wine Show Gold 2018 Adelaide Wine Show Gold 2018 Melbourne Wine Awards Gold 2018 Melbourne Wine Show. James Halliday 96 points. "Hand-picked, open-fermented with 30% whole bunches, matured for 8 months in French oak (30% new). Bright, clear colour; the bouquet is fragrant and true to the variety. An elegant palate, once again with red cherry varietal fruit, oak in support, no more; good length and balance." JH 96. This wine forms part of Seppelt’s prized Drumborg Vineyard Range, sourced from the mature, cool-climate Seppelt Drumborg...
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