One of Australia’s truly iconic producers. Those who love wine know and seek out Bindi’s pristine and pure Chardonnays and elegant and finely structured Pinots Noir. All wines are Estate grown at the beautiful Macedon vineyard. These wines fall into the ‘purchase on sight’ category.
I’ve been lucky enough to try this wine out of barrel and I could have sat down with a glass and done my best to drain the barrel. It was so complete at that stage. This is one of Australia’s benchmark Chards.
Michael Dhillon says of 2012 Quartz “Have we made a better chardonnay than this one? Probably not. It is fresh, deep, savoury and mealy, highlighted by grapefruit and lemon aromas, creamy and complex. The palate is full, deep, rich, intense, long and harmonious. It has the typical Quartz minerality with a beautiful fine, detailed flourish. This wine is made from our 1988 planting (as is the Composition Chardonnay) from quartz soil over clay with sandstone and mudstone and the sense of place it displays is always to be admired and enjoyed. Over vintage we enjoyed the 2004 and 2005 Quartz wines and it is at this stage of ageing, seven to nine years, that these wines often show at their peak. The 2007, 2008 and 2009 we tasted are still youthful, and while worthy of opening, will benefit from another few years careful cellaring.”
A wholly underrate region in Australia. With a handful of extremely passionate but miserably small producers it is not surprising that those who know don’t really share the knowledge. Outstanding Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wine is made here with a few braving some other varietals too.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.