Posts

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.

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