Bindi News

Wines on offer

Wines on Offer We are offering the 2012 Bindi Composition Chardonnay, 2012 Bindi Composition Pinot Noir and 2012 Pyrette Heathcote Shiraz for immediate purchase and delivery. We are also offering the 2012 Bindi Quartz Chardonnay, 2012 Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir and 2012 Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir as a pre-release offer (with credit card […]

BILL D.S. DHILLON

BILL D.S. DHILLON 2/10/1937 – 26/1/2013 Bill Dhillon, founder of Gisborne Squash Courts (1972) and Bindi Vineyard (1988), passed on January 26th aged 75. Bill was born in Punjab in northern India in the small farming village Bahman Wala, just to the south of Amritsar.  His name was Darshan Singh Dhillon.  He would be dubbed ‘Bill’ […]

A Spring of sorts is emerging…

A spring of sorts is emerging after a bitterly cold and wet winter. A rather nostalgic three months it has been. If a little confronting, not unwelcome. At this time of year we hold high hopes. Vines pruned and prepared. Old canes mulched back into the soil, new canes layered along the wire ready to […]

We are having a proper winter!

After a real sumer then a real autumn we are really having a proper winter! Cold, wet and windy in Gisborne was a norm that was disrupted by the decade long drought. This uncomfortable nostalgia is welcome for vine dormancy and soil moisture but makes for robust pruning conditions which ensure we draw upon the […]

June 2012 release

We are currently releasing 2011 Bindi Composition Pinot Noir, 2011 Bindi Composition Chardonnay, 2011 Pyrette Heatcote Shiraz and a mixed six pack of Bindi Sparkling Museum Stock. To order, please click here. A quick note on the just completed 2012 harvest and season. The spring of 2011 indicated we were in for a similar season […]

A quick note on the 2012 harvest and season

A quick note on the just completed 2012 harvest and season. The spring of 2011 indicated we were in for a similar season to that that led up to the 2011 harvest; rain and humidity and very slow ripening. Things changed, however, and changed again and again. December saw cold, windy weather disrupt the flowering […]

An eventful few weeks

We have had an eventful few weeks. The white veil of netting covers the ripening fruit only to be disturbed by the fickle winds and willie willies that give the birds occasional access to what is rather a small crop. Harvesting the chardonnay and pinot noir appears to be about five weeks away (2011 was […]

The summer has finally emerged from another very wet spring

The summer has finally emerged from another very wet spring. This growing season we have moved straight from a wet, warm spring to a cold, unstable early summer and now to the typical January weather we expect. Quite a change to last summer which had staggeringly high rainfall. December, our important period requiring stable, warm […]

The story of the 2012 season begins to be written

The vines are exiting their winter dormancy and we are joining them at the beginning of a new season’s journey. The story of the 2012 season begins to be written. The pruning was successfully completed in good time and the new canes wrapped down well before any sign of bud swell. Despite the difficulties of […]

Harvest 2011

Amongst ourselves, and to some winemaking colleagues, we said we might not make it. Many didn’t make it this year. There were a myriad of different challenges and anxieties to overcome and the feeling from November to April was that at any point the crop could be lost. This season more than any other we […]

The vineyard is patient. The vignerons must be also.

The vineyard is patient. The vignerons must be also. We have entered a period of nostalgia as we amble through a March that seems more like 1993 than 2011. The fruit is finally veraised. The nets are on. The vines are green. The fruit is exposed and healthy. The crop was thinned by 30% and […]

Since when was the sub tropics moved to southern Victoria?

Since when was the sub tropics moved to southern Victoria? The cool, elevated Macedon ranges felt like central Victoria for a decade and now we feel like grape growers in Byron Bay. Without the beach, sadly. Dams that did not fill for a decade have continually overflowed from December to now. Long term, great for […]