Wednesday, October 27, 2010


- Macedon Ranges, VIC
- $47-$56
- Cork (Vintage dated Diam)
- 13.0%alc

Bindi is now justifiably recognised as one of the top two or three makers of pinot noir in Australia. The Composition is Bindi's third pinot noir label, which, I'm sure, is a wine many makers would be happy having as their reserve release.

The 2009 Composition has an aroma which appears tight and somewhat closed at first, yet it possesses enough depth and intrigue to invite the nose in deeper for further inspection. It smells clever and concise, with white pepper notes strung throughout cherries and fine cedar oak, suggesting a composed and youthful pinot with its best years ahead. Its medium-bodied palate bares the fine, svelte, silky texture which has become Bindi's hallmark, by revealing a satiny caress similar to the 2008 wine, but that's where the similarities largely end, because this pinot's packed with more dark cherry, earth and light spice characters than its red berry-flavoured predecessor. It's also longer and finer to finish, as its symmetrical balance of fine tannins and slick acid emanate towards tightly defined vanishing points with the discipline of a marching band.

ü+ A fine, textural pinot with more than enough svelte structure to see it mature for some time yet. As the Block K vineyard matures, I'll continue to watch this wine with keen interest. Drink to 2017.
93 points


  1. The Bindi wines I tried at the Langtons Classification tasting were lovely (noting the small sips in chicken-pen conditions that they were). It would not surprise me that this is of reserve release quality. Anyone who dismisses Australian Pinot as being inferior to New Zealands should tru some of these wines. Would love to compare this (let alone the Block 5) to a Martinborough Estate or Ata Rangi (just to see how well this stacks up to more expensive NZ competitors).



  2. Just took delivery of my Bindi's for the year. I think mine are destined to stay untapped for a little while longer yet, but pleased to have your comments in the meantime.


  3. The 2009 Bindi's I've had so far definitely suggest they're of a very high quality, and wisdom would also suggest that they're better set for the cellar than immediate consumption (especially the Composition Chardonnay).

    Considering the difficulties faced by some Victorian regions during 2009, it's good to see that several of the state's other districts have enjoyed a very good season, perhaps even better than 2008 in some cases.

    Chris P