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Bindi

2018

‘Dixon’

Pinot Noir   |   Macedon Ranges - Australia

About

In 1853 Henry Reed Dixon came to Gisborne, a town his family would have a continuing connection to this day. Henry is the true ‘founder’ of the Dhillon migration to Gisborne and one of Michael’s distant relatives. From paymaster of the railway to real estate, farming and now winemaking, his family has had a significant presence in the growing community. ‘Dixon’ is formerly known as ‘Composition’ and really is a snapshot of the Bindi vineyard, based upon declassified grapes from the Original Vineyard planted in 1988 and grapes from the new Block K, planted in 2001. The idea of this wine is to produce a delicious, perfumed, spicy harmonious, textured wine that is not as intense, complex nor age-worthy as the individual block wines.

The grapes were hand-harvested and primarily destemmed with about 10% whole-bunch inclusion. The grapes and bunches were gently worked and fermented with ambient yeast in small, open vats. A combination of gentle hand plunging and very primitive ‘pumpovers’ was employed for gentle extraction. After roughly two weeks on skins the lots were pressed directly to French barriques, about 10% new, for maturation and in some cases to finish primary fermentation and malolactic fermentation. One very light addition of sulfur was employed in the spring and after a total of 11 months barrels were racked to tank to settle. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration and just another small addition of sulfur.

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vineyard: Bindi Estate Vineyard – 70% Block K - 30% Original Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 17-years-old (Block K) - 30-years-old (Original Vineyard)
  • Soil Type: Shattered quartz & eroded volcanic topsoil and sandstone over clay
  • Viticulture: Practicing Organic
  • Fermentation: Native - stainless steel (10% whole-cluster)
  • Skin Contact: 12-14 days
  • Aging: 11 months in French barrique (10% new)

Tasting Note

Semi-translucent bright red to dark red with a crimson red hue. Ascending from the glass are perfumed violet top notes with ripe red cherry and strawberry scents in hot pursuit. Aromatic fresh herb, forest floor and spicy cedar notes then flow on. Light with a vibrant and supple textural feel, a magnificent power wave of ripe red cherry, strawberry and a dash of sour cherry fruit caresses the palate. Subtle forest floor, fresh herb infusions and light spicy cedar nuances sit beneath. Superb intensity and purity of fruit yet very elegant and polished with beautifully integrated tannins combining with bright fresh acidity on the finish.

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