Newest AdditionOur 2016 Punt Road Pinot Noir is the newest addition to the cellar door family this week. Pinot is always of high quality for us and consistently scores well with the critics and our beloved cellar door customers, the 2016 release is no exception.

Exhibiting cherries and cardamom on the nose, pomegranates and sour cherries on the palate and a lick of angelica root and chamomile tea to finish.

2016 was a vintage for the quick and the dead. Fortunately we were quick.

A warm and dry spring meant excellent even flowering and fruit set. Canopies were encouraged to be vigorous to protect the larger than average crop. Summer continued in this fashion, and ripening came on quickly. All pinot was in the winery by the end of February 2016. We aimed to pick while the fruit was fresh and vibrant, which meant going hard with harvesting. We are pleased that we did.

Fruit was handpicked from our old blocks – all MV6 clone, all a minimum 20 years old.

In light of the warmer year, the vineyard asked us for a lot more thought in winemaking in 2016. To be true to our house style, which across all wines is a commitment to freshness, savouriness & harmony, we felt that a larger proportion of whole bunches in the ferments would enhance the vitality of the wine, and build tannin structure as well. We also used more new barrels this year, to bring more mid-palate richness to the wine. We blended the wine out of oak a month earlier than usual, again – to preserve vitality and freshness. Bottled in December 2016.

 

This week we welcome another new addition to our cellar door, 2015 Punt Road Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2014 Punt Road Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed great success at the 2016 KPMG Royal Wine Show taking out the top gold medal and a score of 95 points from James Halliday so, no pressure there! By all accounts, 2015 was an excellent year for heavier reds so we expect big things from this stunning Cabernet as well.

Near perfect conditions in 2015 with a cool January and warm spells in February and March allowed for gradual maturation, great acid retention, and solid crop with even ripeness. Phenolic maturity (brown seeds/stems) was spot on, and we took the opportunity to experiment with skin contact on whites and more whole bunch use in reds. While it wasn’t the easiest year, it was certainly the most exciting, and wines from this vintage are showing great vitality and aging potential.

Handpicked, aiming for fruit flavours in the blackcurrant spectrum. Plenty of aqueous maceration through a long pre-ferment cold-soak.  Pressed at zero baume. Racked to barriques for malolactic fermentation. Minimally fined and filtered.

On the tasting list in our cellar door right now, come in and experience Yarra Valley Cabernet at it’s finest.

 

 

CHARDONNAY

This month in cellar door, we say goodbye to our beloved 2011 Punt Road Sparkling and welcome in the 2012 vintage.

The base wine is a blend of 86% chardonnay (Block 12, clone I10V1) and 14% pinot noir (Block 13, clone 115) hand harvested in the early morning from our estate vineyard. 2012 was an excellent vintage for sparkling fruit, with vigorous canopies and mild conditions. Crop levels were slightly below average, leading to fruit intensity and excellent acid levels.

We took a shorter free run cut at the press to minimize phenolic extraction. A small portion was fermented in old French hogsheads. We blended with the aim of making a chardonnay dominant wine, 2012 being an outstanding year for whites in general (and the Yarra’s strongest variety!).

The wine was tiraged in September of 2012, and spent nearly four years in bottle on lees in an underground cellar at a temperature of around 10 degrees C. It was disgorged in December of 2016.

A wine exhibiting honeycomb, brioche and hazelnut kernel. Very fine bead, elegant, harmonious, zing of lemon zest to finish.

On tasting in our cellar door now, come in and let us introduce you to this wonderful wine.