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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"This is the finest 2019 pinot noir across all regions that I have I tasted. I bow to its elegance, structure and, indeed, its beauty. It's a perfect amalgam of fragrance, flavour and shape, with the latter bolstered by plush tannins covered in raw silk. There's a vitality, an energy that lifts this – it is a wine unencumbered by obvious winemaking. The site speaks. Time to listen." – Jane Faulkner
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*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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