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Spectacular Pinot Noir from Bindi & Home Hill

by Simon Evans | Sep 15, 2017

A Macedon Rockstar and some exciting new releases from a Jimmy Watson Winner

The following wines are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order return the attached form, by email, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or by or calling us on 03 9419 6990.

Bindi

It’s pretty hard not to love the wines of Bindi from the Macedon Ranges. The first time I drank one of Michael Dillon’s wines my reaction was...”wow, this is serious wine”. There’s an elegance in his Pinot and Chardonnay that almost belie the length and structure. They have the enviable quality that makes them super approachable on release but oh so good with some bottle age. If I didn’t drink them so quickly I’d have a decent collection in my cellar by now!
Mick Dowling (MW Wines)
 
In 2016 we saw the earliest ever calendar pick, in early March, yet it was still 110 to 115 days from fruit set. Abnormal by the calendar, but normal by the period to maturity. In the Spring of the 2016 vineyard season we had very warm weather much earlier than usual. And an early summer. Then in February 2016 we experienced a significantly milder run of weeks which were more autumnal in nature.
 
And the quality, the style of the 2016s? The wines have excellent intensity, balance and length. The winery was full of fine perfume as the Pinots fermented and the structures built with time on skins but overall the ferments were quite quick and exceptionally clean. As the wines have aged in barrel they have become more aromatic and they have evolved quite harmoniously.
Michael Dillon (Bindi)

2016 Bindi Quartz Chardonnay
The juice goes to barrel straight from the press tray, with no additions of yeast, nutrients or enzymes. Once the juice is in barrel a small amount of sulphur is added and then we wait, usually about five days, for the fermentation to begin. The wine has spent 12 months on yeast lees in French barrels, of which 35% are new, and bottling took place early June. The hallmarks of wines from this vineyard are evident with lemon, lime and grapefruit aromas intermixing with mealy, nutty complexities. There are subtle aromas of white flowers working alongside that citric brightness. The palate is fresh, supple, rich, creamy, flowing and long. There is a mouthwatering tang of acidity that works within the excellent, textural length. Five more years will be of great benefit to the wine’s tightness, intensity and complexity.
 
2016 Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir
A small proportion of whole bunches (5%) were included in the vats with the majority of the fruit being de-­stemmed but not crushed. A small amount of sulphur was added on the first day and the ambient yeast takes about four days to begin the fermentation. This wine will spend 15 months in French barrels, of which 25% are new, and bottling took place in early June.
Raspberry and red cherry brightness with savoury, earthy elements are immediately evident on what is a super fragrant, seductive nose. There are fine layers of spice, flint and a delicious seductive richness. The palate is fresh, zesty, balanced, creamy, gently chewy and long. Another four years will further complete the wine’s silky, flowing palate and it will live well for a decade and more.
 
 2016 Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir
A small proportion of whole bunches (5%) were included in the vats with the majority of the fruit being de-­stemmed but not crushed. A small amount of sulphur was added on the first day and the ambient yeast takes about four days to begin the fermentation. This wine will spend 15 months in French barrels, of which 35% are new, and bottling will take place in early June.
This wine has pure red fruits with a hedonistic mix of spice, earth and creamy fragrance. There is a convincing volume of complexity lurking inside what is still a relatively closed nose. The palate is strong, harmonious and deliciously chewy and very long. Five years will allow this wine to relax a little and build further texture and complexity and it will live well for over a decade.
 
Upcoming Bindi Masterclass
We are delighted to once again host Michael Dillon for a Bindi Masterclass, to be held at MW Wines on the 10th of October. Details are still being finalised and we will announce them once available. Masterclass places are limited to 16 and will be offered  first to purchasers from this Bindi offer.

Home Hill

Home Hill in Tasmania’s stunning Huon Valley isn’t a new player on the market but their rise to prominence in the wine world has taken a steep rise over the last few years. Their first plantings date back to 1992 and they’ve been making great Pinot Noir for a long time but it was in 2015 when their 2014 Kelly’s Reserve Pinot won the Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show that their wines became hot property for wine lovers and collectors across the globe.
 
I caught up with the distributor Will during the week and was blown away by the 2016s. I was told to get in fast as they were only released last week and half of Will’s allocation has already sold. So that’s what we’re doing. These wines are really delicious and great examples of what the Huon Valley can produce. If you haven’t tried these we’d recommend giving them a shot!
Mick Dowling (MW Wines)

2016 Home Hill Estate Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir features blueberries and strawberries on the palate, coupled with floral notes of rose petals and dried lavender, with sweet aniseed spice. The 2016 season was relatively warm and dry, resulting in wines with great intensity, purity of fruit and supple tannins. The Huon Valley's natural cool climate ensured a delicious balance of fine, linear activity and the ripe, cherry flavours of a warm season
Home Hill

 
2016 Home Hill Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir

Made from a blend of the top barrels from the vintage, always with one small section of the vineyard at its core, the 2016 reserve displays concentrated fruit that combines with charry French oak to deliver a seductive and age-worthy Pinot Noir. A warm year resulted in a wine with brambly, savoury aromas that underpin its red and dark fruits, while smoked spices combine on the palate with sweet cherry fruit and fine dense tannins.
Home Hill

The above wines are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order return the attached form, by email, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or by or calling us on 03 9419 6990.

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