Punt Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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
In a mixed or straight case: $28.49