Punt Road Block 18 Gamay 2017

Yarra Valley

93 Points & Top Value Gary Walsh

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93 Points & Top Value Gary Walsh

Second time round for us with Gamay, and we’ve learnt a lot in 12 months. First, Gamay will set a big crop, with big bunches and big berries. It needs to be thinned hard; 30% went on the ground. In the winery, bunches and bags were key. With those big berries, and in a benevolent year like ‘17, Gamay would have a tendency to be one-dimensional. It seems our house style will be a 50:50 blend of 100% whole bunch ferments, and 100% cab mac, berry ferments in our goon bags. This lifted funk and spice. And then, oak. The time in (old) oak is crucial. The wine fills out and sweetens. So we added two months in oak this year. Still left it on lees, unsulphured for this time. It’s clear that this will be a variety that suits the warmer slopes of our Napoleone vineyard. The vineyard manager loves it, so do we, and the wine makes itself. No finings, minimal filtration on bottling. Got a small SO2 addition a week ago just before bottling. – Tim Shand, Punt Road

“Suspect there’s a great future for Gamay in the Yarra Valley. Ripe cherry and spice, meat rolled in dried herb, fleshy full and juicy, a bit of fresh strawberry tang and a dusting of fine powdery tannin. Bursts with dark cherry flavour on its long finish. A wonderful thing to drink. Bravo Timbo.” – 93 Points & Top Value Gary Walsh




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