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Bindi Winegrowers | 343 Melton Road Gisborne VIC 3437 | Ph/fax: (03) 5428 2564

Email: michael@bindiwines.com.au
Web: www.bindiwines.com.au


September 2010 Release

2009 Bindi Quartz Chardonnay

2009 Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir

2009 Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir

All wines are available for immediate delivery.
The volume of wine produced in 2009 is quite low and we expect this release to sell out very quickly. We will endeavour to allocate the wine as fairly as possible and predict it will be necessary to work some orders into mixed six pack format to spread the wine around. As in the past, we will do our best to allocate to those customers of long standing and those who have bought across the range .


Spring is upon us and thankfully we enter the growing season with full soil moisture and almost full dams. It is a great relief to know the vines have a perfect start to their journey towards the 2011 vintage.

The 2009 season has produced wines of bright flavour and delicacy despite the vintage being generally viewed as rather hot with extreme heat spikes. Whilst there were certainly some unprecedented extremely hot days the summer was not as hot as 2008 and 2010.

We are pleased to report there was no issue with either berry shrivel or smoke taint at Bindi. Flowering was not very consistent and the crop ended up being quite a bit smaller than 2008 and 2010. In the context of the maladies that befell many others we are very happy with the outcome: superb quality in a not unreasonable volume.

It is interesting to look back to just two weeks after the fruit was harvested and see just how accurate the early assessment was (from 10 April 2009 blog on www.bindiwines.com.au) :

“In 2009 the grapes developed their flavours and overall balance at lower sugar levels than in the past four years and the wines are showing a lot of intensity and drive. I believe they will be less textural as young wines than the pleasure laden 2008s but will develop very well over the medium term. It is very, very early days but it seems 2009 will yield wines of brightness and verve. The Chardonnays are displaying wonderful, vibrant, mouthwatering grapefruit and nectarine characters and the Pinots have racy red fruit and bright spice with fine, firm tannin drive (the skins were very thick and the berries small). It will be a great feeling when they are in barrel and resting over the winter. Looking back over the summer the most immediate thought is that it was an extremely hot season due to the incredible maximum temperatures reached. However the vintage was actually twelve days later than 2008. And later than 2007 and 2006. We almost got back to picking in April! The cool December and January were mainly responsible and the even, mild weather in the second half of March saw a slow finish to the grape’s flavour development.”

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We now have 27 solar panels adorning the winery roof harvesting the sun’s energy. Pleasingly, the roof pretty much faces north and is clear of shading so it is an ideal location. It is a great pleasure to both see the panels basking in the light and to see the meter turning backwards as we put power back into the grid.

This system will produce around three times as much power as we consume so we will be selling our excess to the power company. The payback period is expected to be between five to six years.

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The other capital work recently undertaken was the installation of a ten metre high frost fan. We have used water sprinklers to combat spring frost for the last decade but with so little run off and a recently installed bore that is a bit too saline we have turned (!) to a turbine to protect the fragile spring shoots. Movement of air will work for most of the frosts (down to around minus 2) we experience but in the event of a black/inversion frost, where the above air is freezing as well as the ground air, we will revert to our sprinklers which will protect by continually applying water. As the water freezes energy is produced and stops the shoot/bud temperature falling below about -0.5. The vines look dramatic in the morning when they are covered in ice but the shoots remain undamaged.

There is always another project to take on. The old shearing shed is next in line, then there’s about five kilometers of fencing that needs replacing. It’d be lovely to sneak in a few more acres of vines on a couple of outstanding sites just over the ridge from Block 5. One year we keep saying. One year!


2009 Bindi Quartz Chardonnay

This wine is bottled under screwcap and it is our expectation that we will continue to use this closure for Chardonnay. We have been happy with the consistency shown by the chardonnay wines from 2004 onwards when we began to use the Diam cork however we feel that we can ensure the wines are even brighter and more lively under screwcap. Time will tell. (We are very pleased with how the Pinots have evolved from 2004 onwards but we are also doing some trials under screwcap. Tasting all the Pinots from 2004 and 2005 recently showed the wines to be evolving beautifully).

The 2009 Quartz is very fresh and mineral and shows fine aromas of grapefruit, white flowers, spice and cream. The palate is initially reserved however it has outstanding intensity, tightness, purity, minerality, texture, harmony and length. It will evolve positively for at least five years and continue to drink well for a few more years afterwards.

2009 Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir

The 2009 vintage was very kind in regard to producing perfume, harmony and length. This wine has lifted red fruits mixed with black cherry. It has many layers with spice, creamy notes and earth. The palate is fresh, pure, tight, and deliciousy textured and has a very fine tannin finish. Its harmony is excellent. I see elements of 1997, 2005 and 1995 in this wine.

2009 Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir

The normal differences are evident with the Block 5 being less immediately fragrant and seductive. The nose is deep and there are dark fruits with subtle red fruit elements also. It is a very pure, spicy nose. The palate is rich, deeply textured concentrated but in no way heavy. It is layered and pure with a lavish, harmonious finish.

Both these Pinot Noirs will really benefit with five years cellaring and will provide a lot of pleasure for five to ten years after that.


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