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Punt Road Chardonnay 2019

The 2019 Punt Road Chardonnay is produced from the same three old blocks on the Napoleone Vineyard that composed the 2018. These blocks were planted from 1987 to 1991 with I10V1 clone. The fruit was crushed, then the juice transferred to puncheons (20% new) for wild fermentation on full solids. 50% of the wine went through malolactic conversion. The wine spent a bit longer in oak this year, but...



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Brand Name
Punt Road
Country
AUSTRALIA
Style
White Wine
Region
Yarra Valley, Vic
Varietal
Chardonnay
Size
750 mL Bottle

Product Description

The 2019 Punt Road Chardonnay is produced from the same three old blocks on the Napoleone Vineyard that composed the 2018. These blocks were planted from 1987 to 1991 with I10V1 clone. The fruit was crushed, then the juice transferred to puncheons (20% new) for wild fermentation on full solids. 50% of the wine went through malolactic conversion. The wine spent a bit longer in oak this year, but not too long before being racked to tank for stabilisation. Lees stirred monthly. No finings added; vegan friendly.  
2019 was a lighter cropping year after poor fruit set. This is evident in the depth and fruit weight of the wine. It is more powerful than the 2018, with riper fruit – very much in a yellow-peach spectrum. The wine is textural where oak meets grape solids, and even a bit chewy. Lots of Chardonnay flavour. The warmth of the year also shows in that fruit weight, but freshness is not compromised. It perhaps looks more Margaret River than Yarra, with real presence in the mouth. The oak sits very comfortably in quite a powerful framework. 
The finish, like the 2018, has umami and waxiness which comes as we push phenolics and solids harder each year, and the acidity is bright enough to keep the whole show together nicely. The 2019 is certainly up there with the ’18 in the rankings of Punt Road Chardonnay - Tim Shand, Punt Road

REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES

Punt Road Chardonnay 2012
Pale golden straw. Lovely delicate white and yellow floral scented Chardonnay nose with fragrant Meyer lemon and white peach. Complex mix of fruit and oak white spice and white liquorice. Pristine feminine expression. The palate is fuller than the nose suggests but tapers quickly under the control of a youthful, drying acid vein. Flavours never really develop past the tart citrus and under-ripe peach; a good thing. Very fresh and zesty. Nice layers of complexity open up past midway with a touch of sulphite flint, white spice and dried dairy. This taught young thing is a delight to drink now but still a year or two off its peak.

"Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, pressed straight to used French oak for wild yeast fermentation, the remainder settled and matured for 10 months in French oak (25% new). Has considerable texture, and excellent length to the stone fruit/citrus flavours."
94 Points Wine Companion

Silver Medal - Yarra Valley 2013 Wine Show

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