The Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir is pretty much considered the benchmark wine when it comes to the Macedon Ranges region in Central Victoria.
‘Bindi’, 50 kilometres north-west of Melbourne in the Macedon Ranges, is the family property of the Dhillon family. Originally purchased in the 1950s as part of the larger grazing farm ‘Bundaleer’, ‘Bindi’ is a 170 hectare farm of which 7 hectares are planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Fifteen hectares are dedicated to managed plantation eucalypts for high grade furniture timber whilst the remainder of the land is maintained as remnant bushland and important indigenous grasslands.
The vineyard and winemaking philosophy is to seek balance and purity in the expression of the various individual vineyard sites and this philosophy is applied to farming and conservation at ‘Bindi’; the preservation of the natural harmony.
The Block 5 vineyard is about half of one hectare in size on a sheltered, north facing, and very quartz studded site. It is a wonderful natural vineyard exposition. The wine is always darker in fruit expression and immediately more spicy and earthy than 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. We feel this is Australia’s most cellar-worthy Pinot Noir and we are confident you can put it away (in the right conditions of course) for 10 years or probably a little more, where it will develop gracefully and reward you for your extreme patience.