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.

Barrel Hall Sale


Following on from the success of the 2015 Punt Road Shiraz with all of its wine show awards, now the 2016 has picked up the baton!

GOLD Medal at the Yarra Valley Wine Show for the 2016 Punt Road Shiraz.

The world is waking up to HOW DELICIOUS Yarra Valley Shiraz can be…

If you haven’t tried it, now’s your chance…before it sells out…Cheers!

Full results here

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.



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 […]

“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

“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”


Rated: 95 Points

Alcohol: 13.5%

RRP: $29

Drink: 2034

Release Date: May 2016

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“There are a lot of people crowing about the quality of the 2015 Yarra Valley vintage and when you taste this, it’s not hard to tell why.

This is an absolute belter. Hello sailor. It’s rich and deep and powerful: it’s spicy and fragrant and alive. The red cherries come drenched in plums: the tannin comes splashed with herbs. Gunmetal and smoke notes play such key roles it feels like an ensemble. $22. Buy. Drink. Rejoice.” – Campbell Mattinson

Rated: 93+ Points

Tasted: April 16

Alcohol: 13%

Price: $22

Closure: Screwcap

Drink: 2017 – 2022+


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“Winemaker Tim Shand sent through a range of excellent notes on his latest releases but perhaps most pertinent was this remark on the making of the Napoleone Vineyard Pinot Noir: “Mostly open fermented at 20% whole bunch, the blend also contains smaller 100% whole bunch and 100% whole berry ferment batches. I reckon the best way to approach any vintage with pinot noir is ts to try every technique known to man, leaving yourself the full artist’s palette to work with in blending when the dust settles (particularly important when making single vineyard wines). 2015 being 2015, every approach worked. So it all went in.”

Value here is about as good as it gets. We’re very lucky that the world appreciates our pinot noir but isn’t yet scrambling for it. This is meaty, peppery, laced with graphite and woodsmoke and yet it shows a power of dark, brooding, cherried fruit too. Fresh herb notes, almost into fennel root, help to highlight the wine’s layers of texture and flavour. The finish is then screwed tight-ish. At $29, it’s a rockstar.” – Campbell Mattinson

Rated: 95 Points

Tasted: April 16

Alcohol: 13.5%

Price: $29


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