Bindi Pyrette Heathcote Shiraz 2021


Sourced from the Harcourt vineyard, ala Place of Changing Winds Harcourt Shiraz 2021, made quite differently. The aromatics are totally Heathcote; sweet earth, campfire, iodine, Serrano, sweet dark fruits and violets. Medium to full bodied, it’s round and sensual, cut through with rich, gourmand tannins. Such a contrast with the POCW, proving if t were needed, the importance of method. Gorgeous. Waters Wine Co


Showing off all the charm and exuberance of the variety from this region. Floral, smoky, peppery, lots of deep, dark fruit and spices, inky, too. Full bodied yet such vibrancy of acidity and plush, detailed tannins. A fabulous drink now and it will give more in time. 95 points – Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion 2024


This project now goes back two decades, to 2001. The seasonal stamp is always there, these are not formulaic wines scrubbed and rubbed into an overriding house style, for the harvest date and winemaking is focused in ensuring a balanced wine that shows the markings of the year. (As James Halliday says, a Pinot Noir winemaker’s Shiraz!). The 2021 is a delicious and harmonious continuation of the style showing complex dark fruits, earth, spice and graphite. The palate is initially supple and fleshy then builds intensity for a long and balanced finish. It will become more complex and textured over the next six years.


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The Bindi farm is large 170ha, but only 7ha is planted to vines; 2ha Chardonnay and 5ha Pinot Noir, yielding a minuscule 2-3  thousand cases a year. Everything in the vineyard is done by hand and with organic practices in mind. Irrigation has been installed and used only when absolutely necessary. Interestingly, it’s the high density plantings (11300 per hectare) that seem to suffer the least, despite the evident competition. Could it be that the plants’ canopy shade one another and the soil from water evaporation? The soils are well drained, with quarts over siltstone, sandstone and clay. Reflected in nature’s design, the  wines are fresh, bright and intensely aromatic, with a voluptuous shape and penetrating sensuality. Clay, is a godsend here.

The wines are made ala Burgundy, simply. Natural ferments, the use of solids in Chardonnay, gentle extraction in reds and long ageing in barrel. Both colours are unfined and unfiltered. Simple winemaking for the incredible qualities of site and the farms unbelievable attention to detail. With a name such as Bindi and the wines on a plateau matched by few, it is natural to think that there is plenty more land on that farm of theirs, but they don’t have any intention of increasing their vineyards anytime soon.

There are two ranges of wines, those Pinot Noir and Chardonnay only grown off the Bindi farm, and other wines such as the Dhillon Grenache and Pyrette Syrah. I cannot stress enough the excellence of the wines grown from non-Bindi fruit. They are absolutely terrific, excellent value for money fine wines that should not be missed. Michael Dhillon is a master craftsmen and all wines are subject to the same philosophy of beautiful fruit grown from great sites, made simply.

The whites are dazzling in their intensity and attack and are shaped like an inverted pyramid. The entry onto the palate is like threading a needle, which then fans out across the palate. It is very difficult to describe the sheer depth, width and breadth of palate, yet with a structure so firm, fine and linear. The pinot noirs are sensual and round in shape. Pretty and floral, they combine wonderful fruit purity, savoury tannins, fresh compost, sweet and savoury spice, exotic fruits and herbs. I know not of any Pinot Noir in Australia that is so wildly and animally refined. Their ageing potential will be measured in decades, and I dare you to wait that long.

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