Airlie Bank Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot NV
DOZEN BUY. Fine cool climate bubbly by Punt Road.
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 with the proud Yarra Valley stamp. 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. 100% estate grown fruit and the wines have never been better. Minimal handling and minimal additions to express the terroir of the Yarra. Airlie Bank is their second label – it’s about quality and value. Winery is in a strong position with mature 30 year old vineyard paid off to overdeliver.
Tim came to the Yarra Valley after vintages at Domaine Dujac, Burgundy, Château Margaux in Bordeaux as well as stints in Chianti, Oregon and Chile. Since then he had a hand in some of the region’s headline-grabbing wines during his time at Giant Steps before taking the helm at Punt Road in 2014. Tim and the team are making most of the freedom to push boundaries while making the most of the excellent fruit the Yarra Valley produces.
Three separate tastings of this bubbly got our interest… it has flavour and balance!
87% Chardonnay, 13% Pinot Noir handpicked early with high natural acids from estate grown vineyard, predominantly from 2014 vintage, a touch of oak maturation and malolactic fermentation of base wines. Charmat method. “Vanilla and oyster shell, lime rind and lemon curd, apple skin, hazelnut husk, croissant au beurre.” Tim Shand, Head Winemaker’s comments sum it up. Enjoy this cheer to get the party started!
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Australia, Yarra Valley
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
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