I first met winemaker Michael Dhillon, of Bindi Wines back in 1996 when I did vintage at a nearby winery in the Macedon Ranges. Michael's fanatical pursuit of perfection culminated in him being recognised as Winemaker of the Year for 2022 in James Halliday's Annual Wine Companion Awards. I've enjoyed many of Michael's wines over the years and am pleased to still have a few (but not enough!) of them in my cellar.
Michael produces sublime chardonnay and pinot noir from his own vineyards, as well as a shiraz from Heathcote, and most recently a Col Mountain grenache.
"Block 5 has had yields reduced by around 30% in recent years to maximise quality on a yield per vine basis. Since 2020 crops have averaged 35% to 50% lower due to seasonal factors. What has always been a very small production wine has become even more so! Which is rather a shame as the vines are now over 30 years old and the Block 5 site is producing more beautiful wines than ever. The 2021 is very pure in red berries, particularly vivid raspberry, cherry and wild strawberry. There are, as usual, darker berry and spice notes. It's a floral wine with darker, more mineral elements. Classic Block 5! It is both rich and vibrant with tremendous freshness, strength, density and length. The mid to end palate is tight and long and driven. History tells us this wine will be at its peak in around 15 years time."
Winemaker Michael Dhillon.
"#1 of 20 Pinot Noirs tasted from the Macedon Ranges. Bright light-mid red-purple colour. Spicy cherry aromas, dried flowers and a trace of almond-meal, lots of detail here; the palate is light and savoury, with a layer of very gentle drying tannins, rich and full on the tongue, with lasting flavour augmented by perfectly judged tannins, all in fine harmony. The textural refinement is outstanding. A delicate Pinot of great perfume."
97 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review.
"Another of Michael’s premium sites, the legendary Block 5 is half a hectare on a quartz riddled site. It is considered to give darker, more spicy fruit than the Original Vineyard. Winemaking sees the wine spend a little less than a year and a half in French oak, with around 35% new. Usually around the 150 to 200 cases in a good vintage. A maroon colour, there are again notes of truffles, dark berries and warm earth. There are also spicy touches, dried herbs and undergrowth hints. This is ‘take me now, Lord’ stuff. With firm yet still ever-so-fine tannins, the finish is seemingly never-ending, and good complexity throughout. The palate shows more spices and brambles with the intensity never wavering. A thrilling Pinot. Drink over the next Six to ten years."
97 points, Ken Gargett, Winepilot.
"Cherry, dried flowers and roses, almond, hazelnut and spice, cedar and mint. It’s medium-bodied, lovely mouth-perfume, and so much of that, a little sap, raspberry and red cherry, quite juicy, tannin is succulent yet firm, with a graphite character, quiet earthiness, and just so composed and long. It’s a wine of beauty and poise. A little cinnamon toast and orange peel carries in the aftertaste. Benchmark Pinot. That’s what I’m talking about!"
96+ points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.