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.
"This is a deeply sentimental wine from a vineyard planted in a time of great emotion for loved family. It sits alongside our house and pays tribute to a beautiful mentor and the Bindi founder, Darshan Dhillon. In some ways it's a dialled up Original Vineyard; wonderful perfume and charm across the palate. The 2021 Darshan is super pure, shows rose petal fragrance, is quite spicy and has fruits in the red cherry and raspberry spectrum. It is very pure and fresh. The palate is textured and lavish, fresh, vibrant, intense, very long and flowing. It will take six years to fully settle and will drink beautifully for a few decades."
Winemaker Michael Dhillon.
"When a wine is named after your late father (and founder of Bindi), the wonderful Darshan Singh Dhillon, there’s a lot of emotion involved. Made by Darshan's son, winemaker Michael, this comes off Bindi’s first high-density site, planted in 2014 (11,300 vines per ha). This is a lovely wine, heady with autumn leaves after rain, rhubarb, beetroot and pomegranate. Very savoury yet sweetly spiced and tangy with suppleness and fine tannins with some grit and grip. A fitting tribute."
96 points. Halliday Wine Companion.