Macedon Ranges 2021 Pinot Noir

ripe pinot noir on the vine in Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

In a string of La Niña vintages, 2021 hit the sweet spot for Pinot Noir in the high country north of Melbourne.

It was mid March 2021 and the growing season in southern Victoria was displaying all the hallmarks of another classic La Niña year: cool, wet and slow. If only the weather would warm up and get the buggers ripe!

‘And then’, says Michael Dhillon (pictured below) of Bindi Wines in the Macedon Ranges, ‘during the last week of March and the first week of April, we had 25, 27 degrees [Celsius] every day, and 8 to 10 degrees...