2022 Varietal Winners

Top Rated: Pinot Noir

By The Tasting Team
It could be argued that discretion pays more dividends in the selection of pinot noir than any other category, which would make this list the most important in this year's awards. Victoria leads the way, first in Macedon (thanks almost exclusively to Bindi, Curly Flat and Best New Winery of the Year, Place of Changing Winds), very closely followed by the who’s who of the Yarra, Mornington and Tasmania. The work of Michael Dhillon in the vineyard and winery sets the standard, making Bindi an almost unanimous favourite of every member of the tasting team in the final judgement.

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2019 Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir pinotnoir

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Named after the Applejack eucalypts that surround the vineyard, which was planted at Gladysdale in 1997. Seven clones comprising 114, 115, MV6, D2V5, D5V15, Pommard and Abel. Whole bunches (15 per cent) and 20–25 per cent new French barriques. Like a Mahler symphony, all of the elements of this wine are in perfect harmony. Aromas of crushed rose petals, red and black cherries, satsuma plums and subtle hints of sandalwood and fennel fronds. There's a little charcuterie and a discreet touch of wet stone. On the palate, this is the most concentrated, structured and saline Applejack I can remember, yet you barely notice the tannins due to the core of pure raspberry and cherry fruit. There's a gentle sappiness on the long, lingering finish. Simply irresistible. – Philip Rich

*This is an edited extract from the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by Jane Faulkner, James Halliday, Erin Larkin, Tony Love, Ned Goodwin MW, Jeni Port and chief editor Tyson Stelzer.

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