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Punt Road’s Pinot Noir Range – Australian Wine Review

It’s no secret that we produce fantastic Pinots, but it’s always nice to have a someone as highly regarded as Andrew Graham from Australian Wine Review share the love.

Read Andrew’s article here

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NEW RELEASE 2017 PUNT ROAD PINOT GRIS

Here it is! The first of our 2017 vintage wines – Punt Road Pinot Gris.

Raising the bar from the absolutely cracking 2016 Pinot Gris, it’s easy to see why this has rapidly become one of our best-selling wines. Loaded with lush Buerre Bosc pear & vanilla, bottled nice and early to retain the hallmark freshness we have come to love in our Gris.

Available online and in our cellar door.

 

2017 is a very promising vintage, that may prove to be one of the best seen in the Yarra Valley in recent memory. Plentiful frosty nights and heavy rains in winter delayed budburst, and spring continued in this mild (and wet) fashion. Bunch size in pinot gris was very small. Yields were low, around 2.5t/acre, leading to intensity of flavour but unhappy accountants. Harvested from our two blocks of pinot gris on the Napoleone Vineyard, both now 10 years old. D1V7 clone for those interested. Due to the cold nights and mild days, we harvested a touch riper than normal, around 13 baume. Most of the harvest gets a few hours skin contact to build flavour. We press hard, as much of the texture and flavour with gris comes late in the press. 30% of the wine is fermented naturally in oak (old hogsheads). The rest is fermented in tank with Alsatian isolate yeast. Lees stirred regularly. We run a relatively (for white wine) high pH, to widen the palate and enhance texture. Bottled early to retain freshness.

New Release 2016 Punt Road Pinot Noir

 

Our 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.

 

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New Release 2015 Punt Road Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

 

 

New Release 2012 Punt Road Chardonnay Pinot Noir

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.

 

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Cellar Door Summer Sessions @ Punt Road

Each and every Sunday throughout January, LIVE & FREE!

Starting on January the 8th with
SAY NOTHING – Contemporary Folk Rock 

January 15th –

NICEHOUSE – Yarra Valley Winemakers Mark O’Callahan, Paul Bridgeman & Guests

January 22nd –

HOGBELLY TRIO – Des Mullan, Dave Bowers & Rusty Rich

January 29th –

JACK HOWARD & NICKY DEL RAY from Hunters & Collectors and Intoxica

Entry is free, and kids & dogs are welcome so gather up the whole gang and get here early for a game of bocce!

Follow us on Facebook for further session details

CD Sessions kick off at 1:30pm til 4:30pm.

2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

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Four Trophies in four weeks – 2015 Punt Road Shiraz!

Last month we celebrated winning the prestigious Best Single Vineyard Red trophy at the 2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show for the 2015 Napoleone Vineyard Shiraz. Last night, Tim Shand and the crew brought home THREE more trophies from the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards: The Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz, The Douglas Seabrook Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Red and The Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural excellence This now makes a total of 6 trophies for our Shiraz since 2009, quite a provenance!

Even before the accolades, this was an incredibly popular wine which means limited stock is available so we are capping sales to two bottles per customer. However, our beloved Punter’s Club members get to take home 6 bottles (one transaction per member) of this magnificent wine for as long as stocks last. Please call our cellar door team on (03) 9739 0666 to place your order.

To see the full list of results, follow this link: http://www.rasv.com.au/Events/RMWS_Home/

 

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2014 Punt Road Cabernet Sauvignon – Top Gold Medal winner in Sydney Royal Wine Show

That’s right! Our 2014 Punt Road cabernet not only took a gold medal at the  Sydney Royal Wine Show but a TOP gold! Another feather in the cap for this beauty. Along with 5 stars and 95 points from James Halliday, it scored 96 points at the show leading to an overall win in the 2014 […]

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2015 Punt Road Pinot Noir Review – Tony Love

“The Yarra Valley has revealed great pinot noir cred across the board, experimental through to old school, and the Punt Road crew is right up there in top value stakes. Black skinned cherry and subtle wafts of cola are the captivating fragrant notes as you sip in delightful comparative fruits and spice, before the faint clues of juniper. It is all wrapped in a softly woven silky palate. Beyond delicious”

– Tony Love

4.5 stars

Alcohol: 13.5%

Price: $29

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2014 Punt Road Cabernet Sauvignon – James Halliday – New release review

“Hand-picked (Napoleone Vineyard Block 3), prolonged cold soak, cultured yeast, matured in French barriques (25% new). The yields were low across the valley, with small berries, but this wine is perfectly balanced and extracted, the mouthfeel supple, the flavours of cassis and briar completing an impressive work of wine”

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Rated: 95 Points

Alcohol: 13.5%

RRP: $29

Drink: 2034

Release Date: May 2016

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