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.
2015 Airlie Bank Noir: bizarre, intriguing and lovely
The Australian | March 26, 2016
Max Allen, Wine Columnist Melbourne
It’s delicious. Unusual — but lovely. It’s the 2015 Airlie Bank Noir, a pinot from the Yarra Valley, and it’s one of the most bizarre and intriguing wines I’ve tasted for a long time.
Airlie Bank is the second label of Punt Road, one of the Yarra’s leading wineries, also home to Napoleone brewers and cider makers. When winemaker Tim Shand joined the business a couple of years ago he decided to revitalise the Airlie Bank brand by making it the outlet for small-batch experimentation in the winery — while keeping the price of each wine around $20-$22.