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.
"The 2021 Original Vineyard spent 16 months in barrel and was bottled in late July. This wine comes from our 1988 planting. The 2021 is one of the very best wines from this vineyard. It is simultaneously deep and ethereal. There are mostly red fruits with a hint of darker berries. It is earthy, fresh and very finely layered. It is powerful for an Original Vineyard. The palate is fine, supple and full then tightens, fills the palate for a structured, fine and firm tannin finish. It should begin to drink near its best in another six years time and will drink well for 15 years after that. These wines have proved over three decades their ability to age and the 2021 has a long future ahead."