The Airlie Bank by Punt Road Pinot Noir is a balancing act of bright cherries and vibrancy on one end with the depth and richness of dark plum and five spice on the other. Smashability with interest!
Airlie Bank wines are made by Tim Shand at Punt Road winery in Coldstream. Airlie Bank was the original name of Melbourne’s Punt Road Hill in the 1850s. The property was owned by David Ogilvy, a Scottish lawyer who named the property after Airlie Castle in Scotland, the spiritual home of the Ogilvy clan. Ogilvy planted a vineyard on the banks of the hill stretching down to the Yarra River. The wines made there were “celebrated” by the local community, according to the history books. Nowadays the vineyards are long gone and Airlie Bank is prime real estate a stone’s throw from Melbourne’s CBD. The vineyards are now located in the cool climate of the picturesque Yarra Valley. New packaging this year makes these wines an even more attractive proposition than ever.
2014 was a difficult but rewarding growing season with a cool spring, followed by a warm, dry summer with enough soil moisture to allow the vines to develop balanced fruit with excellent flavour.
Fermented in 2t and 5t stainless steel open fermenters with 12% whole bunches. After fermentation the parcels were lightly pressed and racked to oak and tank. Minimally filtered and fined; bottled whilst bursting with juvenile charm.