The Block Five vineyard is a little over an acre in size on a sheltered, north facing, and very quartz riddled site. It is a wonderful natural vineyard exposition. The wine is always darker in fruit expression and immediately more spicy and earthy that the Original Vineyard. It is less immediately perfumed and has more tannin and fruit power. The wines from this vineyard require more bottle aging to develop the same suppleness and delicacy as the Original Vineyard but even in their youth these wines are more profound. The wine spends 16 months in French barrels of which about 35% are new. This wine is never oak driven but can certainly benefit from a higher percentage of new oak without being dominated by sappy, smoky oak elements.
Explosive red berry preserve, potpourri and incense aromas show excellent clarity and verve, with a zesty mineral nuance building in the glass. Offers concentrated, lively black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of candied rose, with a blood orange quality adding bite. Gains weight with air, with no loss of vivacity. Finishes bright, sappy and very long, with resonating spiciness and an echo of smoky minerals.
This exhibits pure, deep and dark fruits with lots of spice and some restrained savory notes. The palate is very intense and wonderfully mouth filling. It is very firm and driven with outstanding fruit weight, acid and tannin in balance giving a powerfully long finish. It will take many years to unravel and is a twenty year wine!
- Region: Macedon Ranges
- Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
- Vintage: 2014
- Vineyard: Bindi Estate - Block 5
- Vine Age: 22 years old
- Yield: .5 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Shattered Quartz & Volcanic material over Siltstone, Sandstone & Clay
- Oak: 16 months in 35% new French barrique
- Production: 70 cases produced
In the context of mainland Australia, this is a totally atypical wine region; downright chilly in its windswept south-east and only marginally warmer in its north-west. The vital statistics that appear below show the critical importance of correct vineyard site location in the almost glacial climate of the region's south-east. This sprawling, hilly and windswept area extends from the Lancefield-Macedon... Learn More »
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