The Bindi winery was established near the town of Gisbourne in 1988 by Michael's father Bill Dhillon. The name Bindi came from the meaning of the word which is the ornamental dot worn on the foreheads of women in India, Bill Dhillon's native home. The cool climate of the region made it clear to the Dhillons that the only thing that could possibly ripen on their property would be Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The first vines planted were Pinot Noir and the wine from these vines is now called "Original Vineyard" Pinot Noir. In 2005, the Original Vineyard Pinot Noir was acknowledged in the Langton's Classification of Australian Wines. The vineyard is made up of quartz with a thin layer of volcanic topsoil that makes these wines instantly recognizable - both elegant and refined in style. The Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir is based upon declassified grapes from the Original Vineyard planted in 1988 and grapes from the new Block K, planted in 2001. The idea of this wine is to produce a delicious, perfumed, spicy harmonious, textured wine that is not as intense, complex nor age-worthy as the individual block wines. Even when the outstanding Block K vines are older (and producing what is expected to be Bindi’s best fruit and therefore an individual wine from its best parcels) Michael will continue to declassify sections or barrels from each vineyard and produce this wine. The grapes are 5% whole bunch and gently worked in small, open vats with most vats being run as native yeast ferments. The wine spends 11 months in French barrels, of which 20% are new.