The annual Bindi premium release is, for us, one of the most anticipated domestic releases of the year. So with the added hype of the stellar 2017 vintage, we knew we were in for something special this year. Not only in Bindi perhaps our favourite Australian producer, but owner/winemaker Michael Dhillon has become a good friend and today he is undoubtedly making some of the best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the country.
The 2017 Quartz is a mind-blowingly good release. In my opinion it rivals Giaconda as the best white produced in Australia. The wine is both full-bodied and rich, yet kept tightly in line by crystalline acidity that flavours of orange citrus, nectarine and peach just hang off. This release seems to be made up of layer upon layer of oat and meal notes that are rolled effortlessly through the abundance of fruit that is on offer. Quartz 2017 is a harmonious balance of perfectly ripe orchard fruit with savoury tones gained from time spent on lees and built on an unmistakable line of minerality that runs through the wine, gained from Michael’s unique site in Macedon and the soils that lend their name to the wine. It really is a special release and a wine that will age for quite some time. In fact, earlier this year we served a 2008 Quartz blind to a room full of winemakers, wine media and general wine trade. When quizzed as to where the wine hailed from, answers ranged from Puligny Montrachet in Burgundy to Les Clos Grand Cru in Chablis. No one believed an Australian Chardonnay could reach the heights that this had. – Ches Cook, FWC.
Five Way Cellars Australian Wine of the Year 2018