The names Punt Road and Airlie Bank recognise the important role our estate played in the history of grape growing in the Yarra Valley. On Melbourne’s Punt Road, against the bank of the Yarra River, once sat the Airlie Bank vineyard. It was from here in 1860 that Hubert De Castella, a Swiss immigrant and pioneering grape grower, acquired vine cuttings to plant 200 acres of vineyard in Coldstream. The wines produced from those historic vines quickly gained acclaim and recognition in Australia and Europe. This land would later become the home of the original St Hubert’s vineyard and then the Punt Road vineyard and winery.
Apples, citrus fruits and a hint of minerality. Fresh and crisp, with a clean finish. Despite a cooler growing season, we had a mild summer with gradual fruit maturation resulting in complex and elegant flavours in our wine. We harvested from various blocks from the estate, choosing each block based on flavour characteristics and acids for a fresh, fruit-driven chardonnay. The wine was naturally fermented in French oak with regular lees stirring to build texture and complexity.
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