2019 Bindi Pyrette Heathcote Shiraz

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Savoury Heathcote Shiraz from a great site and a great winemaker. 95 Points Halliday Wine Companion.

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The Bindi Pyrette Shiraz sees winemaker Michael Dhillon venture farther afield than his home estate in Macedon Ranges.

Here, Michael takes on Heathcote Shiraz, as his family has done for over a decade. The vineyard was selected for its prime position and the deft hands that tend it. It's situated high in the Mount Camel Range, grown on the famous rocky Cambrian soils the region is known for.

Picked at precisely the point where freshness meets flavour, this is a lovely example of Shiraz from this part of the world. Only a small percentage of the fruit is matured in new French oak, this wine is about showcasing a pure, aromatic style of Syrah that doen't shy away from the typical regional richness.

A powerful wine whilst showing still showing restraint, this is a fine version Pyrenees Shiraz made by an astute mind.

Pyrette Heathcote Shiraz is sourced from an impeccably sited and managed vineyard near Colbinabbin on the Mount Camel Range. The specific parcel of vines this fruit comes from is at the highest block on deep red, rocky Cambrian soils on a cooler easterly facing slope.

We have been delving back into the Shiraz wines and having fun seeing the continuity of style going back two decades now. The seasonal stamp is always there, these are not formulaic wines scrubbed and rubbed into an overriding house style, for the harvest date and winemaking is focused in ensuring a balanced wine that shows the markings of the year. (As James Halliday says, a Pinot Noir winemaker's Shiraz!). The 2019 is a delicious and harmonious continuation of the style.

92 Points - "Deep purple-red hue. Meaty and spicy shiraz aromas, bresaola, the palate medium to full-bodied, with lots of soft, fine, powdery tannins. The palate is dry, savoury, not really fruit-sweet: quite different to say a McLaren Vale style of shiraz. An attractive wine indeed." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

95 Points - "50% of the fruit comes off Colbinabbin Estate, the remainder from Col Mountain. Alluring purple/black colour. The wine is intense, yet manages a refinement that is the mark of Bindi. Expect an amalgam of savoury flavours with bitumen, licorice and aniseed balls. It's more medium to fuller bodied, with lithe tannins. While there's a richness and depth of flavour that makes you step back, it's all in admiration." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

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