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Tim Shand heads a dynamic, progressive young winemaking team at this James Halliday five star-rated winery. Punt Road is a standard-bearer for wines of character, drinkability and a clear, proud Yarra Valley stamp. It has history on its side and cards stacked in its favour for a very bright future. The property was founded on site of the St. Huberts Vineyard planted in the 1860s by Paul and Hubert de Castella - some of the first vines in the Yarra Valley and one of the cornerstones of Australian fine-wine tradition. Punt Road owners the Napoleone family took advantage of a tremendous head start when they planted vineyards here in the 1980s. All these years later, Tim and the team bring restless perfectionism to this intimately understood site and its mature vines. The Punt Road wines have never been better.

Winemaker Tim Shand sent through a range of excellent notes on his latest releases but perhaps most pertinent was this remark on the making of the Napoleone Vineyard Pinot Noir: “Mostly open fermented at 20% whole bunch, the blend also contains smaller 100% whole bunch and 100% whole berry ferment batches. I reckon the best. Drink: 2017-2023+; Price: $29; Date Tasted: April 2016; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

Good depth and hue of colour. Deep, serious spiced cherry aromas, latent blackberry too. The wine has plenty of oak and the palate is well-structured and firm. Delicious flavour, with fruit and complexity, allied with serious structure. A sweet, fruit-bomb pinot. Rating: 91 Points; Huon Hooke


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