Is there a better time to release our 2017 Block 3 Cabernet than just as the Block 3 Cabernet buds are bursting?

No, certainly not. Our Cabernet sells out early every year and this 2017 is clear evidence as to why – classic Yarra black fruits, dark chocolate and silky tannins. It’ll age beautifully but seriously, you don’t need to. It’s big brother, the Block 11, just picked up a trophy at the Yarra Valley Wine Show and the same pedigree shines through in both wines.

If you love Cabernet or would like to know what all the fuss is about, come and visit our cellar door!

And we have a winner!

Everybody who came to our Barrel Hall Sale earlier in the month had the chance to win their height in Punt Road wine…and the first ones drawn out from the entries were Chelsea & Jon…here they are getting measured up for their loot!

Congrats, guys, just in time for Spring & Summer!

Tim Shand and Andre Napoleone took a short stroll from the winery this morning to show our Block 11 Cabernet vines exactly what they’d won last night –

Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon in the Yarra Valley Wine Show!

It’s a very special part of the vineyard, 27-year-old vines (SA125 clone) on free draining alluvial clay loam with a south easterly aspect. The aspect works, giving the vines a break from heavy late afternoon sun,  allowing the naturally low yields to ripen slowly and build concentration. In the winery, cold soak followed by fermentation and then pressed to a mix of new, 1 year old and 2 year old Taransaud and Nadalie French oak for 15 months. Bottled, then entered into the Yarra Valley Wine Show. Sounds simple and it is when you start with fruit like this.

…we’ll keep you posted on when the Block 11 Cab will be available!

What’s the question we get most often? Why the name Punt Road? Well, make yourself comfortable, here’s the story.

Melbourne 1856, a photo is taken on the Richmond side of the Yarra River looking south. Yes, on Punt Road, 3km from the centre of Melbourne. It shows the river and the punts (boats) used to cross before there was a bridge. Take a look at the hill across the river that is now Punt Hill, South Yarra. It’s covered in one of Victoria’s first commercial vineyards. Growing conditions were likely perfect with north facing slope, ideal climate, plentiful water.
The property was owned and developed by the Ogilvy family, who named it Airlie Bank after their family estate back in Scotland. Roll on a few years to 1860 and a young Swiss immigrant, Hubert De Castella, was developing a large property in Coldstream, Yarra Valley. 200 acres of vines were planted on what is now our land and these vines were at least partly grown from cuttings sourced from the Airlie Bank vineyard in Melbourne. Multiple awards for the wines followed, both in Australia and Europe. In researching the history of our property, the names Punt Road and Airlie Bank stood out as a way to celebrate the land’s links back to those wine pioneering days well before federation.

We love to be forward thinking here, but sometimes it’s just as satisfying looking back.

And in news just in, the No.1 restaurant in the world of 2017, New York’s ‘Eleven Madison Park’ again have their pop up Summer House in East Hampton, this year featuring the Punt Road 2017 Pinot Gris pouring by the glass.

It’s the only Australian wine pouring and perfect with their Lobster tempura dish.

Oh to be in The Hamptons!

Barrel Hall Sale

 

Introducing the inaugural Punt Road Wines – The Amazing Gumboot Race!

Held on the Saturday 21st & 28th of July, starting from our cellar door in Coldstream at 11:00 am til 2:00 pm.

Bring your team to test your wine-knowledge, get some fresh Yarra Valley air and a behind-the-scenes peek into our barrel shed, winery & orchards. The Amazing Gumboot Race is about you and your mates answering wine-related questions around our property and taking in the beautiful winter views. Take your time or try to set the best time, we don’t mind. Tag us in any photos you take while you’re here – #puntroadwines #gumbootseasonyv #amazinggumbootrace

There are some great prizes to won as well as a participation prize for each entrant. There will be mulled cider, beautiful wines & locally produced cheese platters available at the end of the event or for those that would rather relax with us at the cellar door.

Who will be the best-dressed (i.e. fanciest gumboots!) or the fastest with the most correct answers… There are major prizes for each, both to be announced at the end of Gumboot Season.

See you there, don’t forget your gumboots!

DATES: 21 July & 28 July 2018

TIMES: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

VENUE: 10 St Huberts Rd, Coldstream VIC 3770

PHONE: (03) 9739 0666

We are very excited to announce that our exclusive Australian distributor for Napoleone Cider from July 1st will be Phoenix Beers. We hosted their team at Napoleone this week and can’t wait to have them spread the Napoleone story across Australia.

If you are in the trade and would like to talk Napoleone Cider, please drop us a line – (03) 9739 0666 – and we’ll connect you.