The Punt Road Pinot Noir. The palate is vibrant yet firm, with lovely whole bunch and fresh cherry characters leading to a fine, long finish.
Hand-picked and de-stemmed but not crushed, then gently transferred to small open vessels for fermentation with varying degrees of whole bunch and whole berry fermentations. Regular plunging throughout fermentation helped to extract colour and flavour. After fermentation the parcels were lightly pressed and racked to a variety of French oak barrels (25% new) where the wine was matured for 10 months allowing for savoury, integrated oak nuances.
Perfumed and bright on the nose with fresh red berry fruits and subtle, sweet spice.
In the 1850’s Punt Road was a quiet dirt road that met the Yarra River on the outskirts of a new settlement, Melbourne. The road was surrounded by some of the first commercial vineyards in Victoria, and was linked across the river by a punt, which would ferry people and goods to the other side. Punt Road remains today in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne. A bridge now stands where the punt once was, and the vineyards have been re-established throughout the Yarra Valley, where the grapes for this wine are grown today. This year has seen the release of a duo of 100% ‘whole bunch’ wines, under the name ‘Chemin’ – a 2010 Syrah and 2010 Pinot Noir. Both offer a fantastic insight into what a brilliant winemaker Kate Goodman really is. Check them out for sure before they’re all gone!
Campbell Mattinson – Halliday Wine Magazine – Top 50 Reds -(Aug-Sep)
Boy oh boy. The 2017 vintage has produced some excellent results, but the quality-price ratio will rarely be as strongly in the buyer’s favour than it is here, especially for pinot noir, where value is notoriously hard to find. It features sweet, ripe fruit, the tangy sourness so typical of the variety, and all the herbal infusions you could ever desire. This is both summery and autumnal at once.
Huon Hooke – 92 Points
Medium to light purple/red colour. Attractive smoked-meaty, charcuterie-like aromas, showing some toasty oak. The palate is lush with sweet cherry and spice fruit: a gorgeous, succulent pinot that already drinks superbly.
Tony Love – Top 20 Reds For Winter – 4.5 stars out of 5
The Punt Road Style is to celebrate the red berry/cherry spectrum of fruits from added stem and woody notes coming from whole bunches in the winemaking. The wash up is a sense of the wild, some earthiness and adventure in the palate, and here a deftly tempered concentration of all the elements. Try the Airlie Bank version as well.