“One of my favourite winery experiences in Yarra Valley. We had a really great time doing the tasting on a late saturday afternoon, the staff are personable, friendly and made us feel at home with a great selection of wines, our favourite being the reserve malbec 2019. Just goes to prove you don’t need a fancy sculpture garden or art gallery, and that good wine, good service and a picturesque setting is all some of us need to enjoy a day in YV.”
Photo by the talented Neisha Breen

Stock is running out of the Yarra Valley Wine Show Gold Medal winning 2018 Block 11 Cabernet Sauvignon 

Our premium Block wines are only produced when the winemaker is so taken with a batch from a particularly excellent fruit that there is no other choice than to hand select a couple of barrels and do a small bottling.

Winemaker Tim Shand believes that the Coldstream sub-region (which includes Mount Mary & Yeringberg) makes some of the greatest cabernet in Australia. Block 11 was planted in 1991, adjacent to St Huberts Road as you drive in from the Maroondah Hwy.

Tim suggests cellaring this wine for up to 20 years and thinks that this vintage is perhaps the best wine we’ve made in the 21 year history of the Punt Road Winery.

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We’re excited to announce that our 2019 Gamay has just been released!

We’ve put a lot of work into developing this variety in the vineyard year on year. The work started early for this wine, with the cellar team pruning the vines in late August 2018.

Shoots were thinned again by the team in November. As always with Gamay, a significant fruit thin was also required, and this was carried out at the end of véraison with approximately one third of the crop to the ground. It may sound extreme but it’s necessary for fruit quality. We picked in the second week of March 2019.

In the winery, the aim was to take the depth and vibrancy of the fruit we had, and build a wine with the presence and drive we see in great Beaujolais.

The finished wine – no finings and minimally filtered, has fragrant red berries and juniper on the nose and subtle notes of cinnamon and a moreish earthy pepper on the back palate.

 

Technical Notes

Vineyard: Napoleone Vineyard,  Single Block Wine (Block 18), Grafted onto Viognier in 2014
Soil type: Alluvial clay loam soil
Clones: 222 and BGW19                                                                                                                                                           

Aspect: North facing slope
Yeast: Indigenous
Whole Bunch: 50%
Oak: All in old French hogsheads, 6 months
Alcohol: 13.5%

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CELLAR DOOR IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID 19 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE –

PLEASE PURCHASE WINE FROM THE WEBSITE WE ARE SHIPPING ORDERS DAILY

 WE WILL BE BACK SOON

 

What to say that hasn’t been already said?

Well, we must add the Punt Road voice to the chorus of the hospitality industry. Specifically our Yarra Valley community- enjoy us and offer your support, but let’s work together in making it a safe, sensible and conscientious effort.

For now, our cellar door remains open, some extra measures we’re taking are outlined below-

  • We are hosting tastings out of our cellar door, undercover in the garden space and will conduct tastings for groups of 10 or less (max 3-4 per tasting cluster) in open air
  • We have reduced seating capacity to maintain adequate distances between groups
  • We are prioritising contactless card payment
  • Our team is aware of the importance of monitoring their own health, and staying away if they show any signs of illness
  • While we welcome you with open doors, we will be asking that you wash your hands upon visiting and urge everyone to please refrain from coming in if yourself or your family are unwell
  • We will be upholding a stringent cleaning schedule, ensuring constant cleaning of surfaces throughout the day

If you’d like to support us but can’t make it out in person, you can consider buying some wine online to have delivered to your home, we’re offering free freight on 6 bottles or more.

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.