Max Allen Review

2015 Airlie Bank Noir: bizarre, intriguing and lovely

The Australian | March 26, 2016
Max Allen, Wine Columnist Melbourne

It’s delicious. Unusual — but lovely. It’s the 2015 Airlie Bank Noir, a pinot from the Yarra Valley, and it’s one of the most bizarre and intriguing wines I’ve tasted for a long time.

Airlie Bank is the second label of Punt Road, one of the Yarra’s leading wineries, also home to Napoleone brewers and cider makers. When winemaker Tim Shand joined the business a couple of years ago he decided to revitalise the Airlie Bank brand by making it the outlet for small-batch experimentation in the winery — while keeping the price of each wine around $20-$22.

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