Out in the vines this morning this morning with Head Winemaker Tim Shand and a new addition to our team Sarah Prowse (on right in picture). Sarah is an experienced winemaker with stints under her belt at Giant Steps, Yering Station, Brokenwood and Mitchelton Wines.

Tim and Sarah have been counting selected bays of Pinot Gris bunches across a 10 acre block to determine average yields for the upcoming vintage.

These vines are D1V7 clone Gris and produce a wine that is fragrant and textural.

Winery and Vineyard Update

Wine making is a year-round business and there is always something on the go here at Punt Road. At the moment we are about to start bottling the 2019 Punt Road Chardonnay and December will see the 2019 Gamay going to bottle as well.

The 2019 Punt Road Pinot Gris has been released and we think it’s pretty special – made using wild fermentation, skin contact and barrel maturation – these techniques produce a crisp but savoury pinot gris, with notes of nashi pear and citrus.⁠

Keep an eye out for our fresh Airlie Bank labels – let us know what you think if you catch one in the wild.

2020 Harvest Preparation

We have a new wine press arriving in preparation for our 2020 vintage – a result of the trend of ripening times getting closer together across different varieties. It’ll allow us a little more flexibility to press at optimum time of ripeness.

We’ve more or less finalised our harvest team – traditionally young international winemakers join our winery team each season. They’ll stay locally for the season and assist our team in all aspects of the winemaking process. This year we have people coming in from Georgia, France, the US and Argentina.

Barrel Hall Sale

Many thanks to everyone who made it out to our Barrel Hall Sale earlier this month. It was great to see some familiar faces and meet a few new customers too. We’ve started sending out the prize magnums for the competition we ran over the sale and we wanted to thank everyone who took the time to submit a thoughtful entry.

We also just drew our monthly new subscriber competition – lucky Ingrid from Melbourne will be receiving a free six pack in the next few weeks.