Winemaking/ Technical notes:
The hand-picked Shiraz fruit came from our own Napoleone Vineyard, planted in 1991. Twenty five percent wholes bunches were used in the ferments. The wine was pressed into large puncheons where it matured on lees for 10 months prior to a light filtration and bottling. We picked a touch earlier than the 2015, looking for a balance of freshness and generosity in a warm year. Most important, the elegance and spice we love in Yarra shiraz is there. “Brambles, blackberry pie, star anise, crème de mûre, cocoa bean”
Vineyard: Napoleone, Block 5 (70%) Block 7 (30%)
Soil type: Sandy loam on a clay base
Clones: PT23 clone Yeast: Indigenous
Whole Bunch: 25%
Oak: All in French hogsheads, 20% new
Coopers: Dargaud and Jaegle, Sirugue, Damy
Punt Road is owned by the Napoleone family. All the wines are produced from vineyards owned by the family; this has resulted in the introduction of the Airlie Bank range, a mostly sub-$20 Yarra Valley range made in a fruit-driven, lightly oaked style to complement the successful Punt Road range at the premium end of their offerings. There is also more focus on small-production single vineyard wines under the Punt Road label. Exports to the US, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, China and other major markets.
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About an hour's drive East of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley has a deep history as Australia's oldest wine growing district. Punt Road is a benchmark for cool climate Aussie styles. These are all single vineyard wines with a heritage, and priced favorably against Burgundy and California. Many of the vines planted 20+ years ago, hand-picked and often fermented wild. Freshness, acid-driven, moderate alcohol, all French oak (mostly neutral).
Led by winemaker Tim Shand (formerly Giant Steps, and vintages at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy and Château Margaux in Bordeaux, as well as stints in Chianti, Oregon and Chile), Punt Road takes pride in making site-driven, exciting wines that reflect the earthiness and personality of the Yarra Valley through minimalist intervention techniques. They only produce wines from their own vineyard in Coldstream with grapes hand-selected by Winemaker Tim Shand.