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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.

Halliday Magazine

Halliday Magazine’s 50 Great Reds – 2015 Punt Road Cabernet

The new Aug/Sep edition of Halliday Magazine is just out and our Punt Road 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has been named one of Australia’s 50 Great Reds…love Yarra Cabernet! Buy it online or at cellar door…but be quick, it’s almost out…

Our friends over at Cellarhand have written a great, no holds barred, often cheeky article about our Winemaker-in-chief, Tim Shand.

Have a read for yourself here

fantastic Pinots

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

A WARMING WINTER

There is no winter of discontent today…warm breeze, blue sky, glass of ’16 Shiraz…just add you and your significant other…and a cheese platter from our cellar door.

GUMBOOT SEASON 2017

‘There’s a chill in the air, the sky’s grey, and it’s wet underfoot but every year in the Yarra Valley, winter becomes Yarra Valley Gumboot Season.’

To celebrate all things Yarra Valley, winter & gumboot, come into our cellar door wearing your finest gumboots from the 1st to the 30th of July and we will reward you with a 20% discount on any wine purchases made…there may even be a special prize for those customers with extraordinary, two-of-a-kind boots….

So wear your gummies with pride this July and reap the rewards!

Don’t forget to tag us in Facebook & Instagram for your chance to win a 6 pack of Punt Road & Airlie Bank wines – #gumboots #gummies #gumbootseason @puntroadwines

Vintage is a wrap and what a vintage it was!

Plentiful frost days and heavy rains in winter delayed budburst, and spring continued in this mild (and wet) fashion. Pinot noir in particular was slow to wake up.  

Berry set was very inconsistent across the different varieties, due to the variable spring weather which ranged from glorious to inclement. Bunch size in pinot gris and pinot noir was very small, whilst chardonnay, shiraz and cabernet set a large crop.

High ground water levels, clear days and cold nights throughout November and December were the harbinger of the vintage to come. We had excellent canopies with slowly developing bunches. The mild conditions persisted into January and February. Warm, sunny days (not too warm) with crisp nights and mornings. Perfect for slow ripening, delicate flavours and acid retention. There was no disease threat from rain, and we harvested at leisure. Blocks came on in their usual order, and we had the luxury of some quality hang time in the older blocks of pinot noir and cabernet.

The vintage has the hallmarks of both 2012 and 2015, with reason to believe it may be a touch better. We are seeing great concentration of flavour, and a touch more complexity than at the same point in those years.

Across the valley, chardonnay will be the highlight. Here at the winery in Coldstream we are particularly excited about sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and gamay. We have also dug deep into the experimental well, and there are many batches in the winery that are well left of centre, to be released to our Punters Club later in the year. Keep an eye out.

– Tim Shand