About This Wine
It's a single-block wine from Block 3 of Punt Road’s Napoleone Vineyard, planted in 1987. Winemaker Tim Shand reckons the secret here is the rather saucy-sounding aqueous maceration - doing the grunt work in pumpovers and plunges during cold soak and at the start of fermentation. Post ferment, the wine is pressed earlier than Punt Road's neighbours, as Tim doesn’t subscribe to the Bordeaux theory of tannin integration on skins for Yarra cab. Matured in 25% new oak. It’s a lovely vibrant ruby colour and pretty serious on the nose - everything you’d hope for: cigar box, redcurrant, blackcurrant and, as it wakes in the glass,some pretty floral notes. Same on the palate, where it grows and spreads really nicely. Medium-bodied, attractive fruit with red-spectrum notes quite prominent. Plenty of tannins but almost a fluffy element to them. Good length, with lovely fruit and perfume.
“Fair to say now, with a few vintages under his belt at Punt Road, perky-faced winemaker Tim Shand is turning out some of the best value, and most interesting, wines in the country.” Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Yarra Valley Wine
The Yarra Valley wine region is the most important area of wine production in Victoria today, and with its proximity to Melbourne, also the most visited in the state.
Yarra Valley is split into the Upper Yarra and the valley floor. The Upper Yarra is cooler in climate due to its elevation and coupled with younger, fertile, red soils produces most of the region’s notable varietals: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The valley floor is warmer and has predominantly grey soils with pockets of granite and limestone.
Pinot noir has long been considered a notoriously difficult variety to grow. However, the cool climate and longer growing seasons of the Yarra Valley allow the fruit to develop full flavoured and ripe character.
Chardonnay in the past has long been associated with a deep oily, buttery style that experiences full malolactic fermentation and great amounts of oak. This style has since fallen out of favour and wine makers in the Yarra Valley have capitalized on this trend to produce leaner, acid driven Chardonnays that are closer in style to those from Burgundy.