Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Bindi 'Composition' Pinot Noir 2007

Gisborne, Macedon, $355, diam cork

My Pinot loving friend is still in town so tonight things got a tad more serious. While personally I've got a sentimental attachment to the Macedon Ranges (and the cheesecake at the café in Gisborne near where this is from), but the name Bindi should be known to every Aussie wine lover. Producers of high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay they do things along organic and biodynamic lines and are all about terroir, rocky soils and small yields. The ‘Composition’ Pinot Noir comes from “the quartz rich 'Block K' vineyard and from older vines in lighter quartz/ alluvial and volcanic soils”.

Smelling this is really a matter of defining the term 'floral'; I'm talking flowers, spice, flowers, cherries and flowers. The palate was an alluring mix of red fruits, smoke, star anise and savoury herbs. Initially I wasn’t blown as way as much as I expected by this; it’s a refined wine that’s more about subtle power than an explosion of fruit. It’s lush, silky and seems to go on forever, yet it’s a tale of depth, intensity and structure. I appreciate the quality of this but was wonder if it’s worth the money. And oh, how much must you love a wine that's label features a teacher?

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