2016 was a vintage for the quick and the dead - and fortunately Tim Shand and the Punt Road team were quick.
A warm and dry spring meant excellent even flowering and fruit set. Canopies were encouraged to be vigorous to protect the larger than average crop. Summer continued in this fashion, and ripening came on quickly. All pinot was in the winery by the end of February 2016. Punt Road aimed to pick while the fruit was fresh and vibrant, which meant going hard with harvesting. It’s paid off.
Fruit was handpicked from the vineyard’s old blocks – all MV6 clone, all vines at least 20 years old. To achieve the usual Punt Road style of freshness, savouriness & harmony, Shand felt a larger proportion of whole bunches in the ferments would enhance the vitality of the wine, and build tannin structure as well. He also used more new barrels this year, to bring more mid-palate richness to the wine. The wine was blended out of oak a month earlier than usual, again to preserve vitality and freshness. Bottled in December 2016.
The nose displays cherries and cardamom. Pomegranates and sour cherries on the palate. A lick of angelica root and chamomile tea to finish.