Taken from vines planted in 1988, when Pinot Noir and Chardonnay replaced sheep as the main focus of the farm at Bindi. Fruit here is deeply concentrated, as it is most years. The wine had a rich core of spiced cherry, plum, black cherry and fig. Tannins and present but reasonably soft, with further complexity gained through wet soil and black earth. History shows this wine gets better and better with time in the bottle, as primary fruit gradually fades and tertiary notes become more prominent. Cellar this if you can and you’ll thank yourself down the track. – Ches Cook, FWC.
A small proportion of whole bunches (5%) are included in the vats with the majority of the fruit being de-stemmed but not crushed. A small amount of sulphur is 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 will take place late May. The 2019 Original Vineyard, planted in 1988, is a deep, fragrant, earthy, spicy wine;; deeper than is usual for Original Vineyard. It has rich and sweet red and dark cherry, red currant and fresh herb aromas. It is already very complex and has the hallmark perfume and finesse of this site . The palate is initially fresh and supple then the tannin builds with the fruit richness for a silky, balanced, fresh and very, very long finish. This wine will live and improve for decade and well beyond. This is the wine, of those that we make, we most often choose to open at home. Michael Dhillon, Winemaker.