‘Kostas Rind’ took the place of ‘Composition’ in the Bindi family. This wine is dedicated to Kostas, a Lithuanian sage who epitomized wisdom and humility. From 1958, at Ballarat Grammar School, Kostas mentored Bill Darshan Singh Dhillon and later introduced him to the culture and celebration of fine wine. It was Kostas who foresaw that Bill would work on the land. The first Bindi wine, 1991 Chardonnay, was a tribute to Kostas and this wine, from the same volcanic and Ordovician soils planted in 1988, continues that acknowledgement. 2018 had a very ‘typical’ winter that led to a very atypical wet January…real wet. Thanksfully February straight through to May was warm, sunny and dry and the vines took it all in. The 2018s give an impression of ‘effortless beauty’ as Michael puts it. They are fine and fragrant, harmonious and driven with fabulous aging potential.
The Kostas Rind Chardonnay is grown in a 1.5 hectare plot from the middle and lower sections of the Chardonnay blocks planted in 1988. The grapes were hand-harvested and then whole-bunch pressed directly to French barriques, of which roughly 25% is new. Fermentation occured without the addition of cultured yeast and the wine remains in barrel on yeast lees over winter with only a small amount of malolactic conversion taking place. It was racked after seven months aging, and returned to barrel for a further three months before bottling. It was bottled without fining, with a coarse filtration and a small addition of sulfur.