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Friday, 22nd May 2015
Bindi Harvest No. 25.
In fact, the crop is now a crop no longer but rather has been transformed, by the miracle of native yeast fermentation, into beautiful wine.
Our vineyard and winemaking philosophy is to seek balance and purity in the expression of our various individual vineyard sites and this philosophy is applied to farming and conservation at ‘Bindi’; the preservation of the natural harmony.
At 500m above sea level on the north-facing slopes of Mt Gisborne, 50km north-west of Melbourne. The Bindi vineyard offers the classic combination, in the European sense, of a cool to cold, continental climate countered by sun-drenched slopes and free draining, mineral rich soils – in this case the earth is riddled with quartz. Today, this vineyard is planted with four hectares of Pinot and two hectares of Chardonnay.
Every decision taken by Bindi is intended to increase the vineyard expression and overall quality of the resulting wines. Of course we cannot seek to fully explain our success without paying homage to Bill Dhillon who had the remarkable foresight to plant the vineyard over 20 years ago and to bring in the legendary Stuart Anderson (now retired) to assist with the project and to mentor Michael. Stuart’s enormous experience in France and Australia was critical in the development of the Bindi ‘philosophy’. So was Michael’s experiences making wine in France and Italy. Regardless, the evolution at Bindi has been a constant since the first vine was put in the ground and continues to this day.