Under the guidance of one of Australia’s most up-and-coming, “next-generation” winemakers, Tim Shand, (formerly Giant Steps assistant winemaker, and vintages at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy and Château Margaux in Bordeaux), Punt Road takes pride in making site-driven, exciting wines that reflect the earthiness and personality of the Yarra Valley through minimalist intervention techniques.
Owned by the Napoleone family who migrated from Abruzzo in Italy to Australia in 1926, Joseph Napoleone purchased some land in the Yarra Valley in 1948, which was initially used for fruit farming. Since then, the Napoleone family have steadily invested in acquiring more land including the property at Coldstream, former home to the original St. Hubert’s vineyards and winery.
Dedicated to only selecting fruit from the 150 acres of vineyards on Punt Road’s 300 acre farm, Tim often cites Punt Road’s credential of being one of the oldest sites in the Coldsteam as one of the reasons why he is so committed to producing site-driven, exciting wines that reflect the personality of the Yarra Valley. “We only produce wines from our own vineyard in Coldstream, a deliberate, and to us, significant decision. It gives us the opportunity to put all our focus on our one patch of dirt and provides us with a greater understanding of our site along with 13 vintages of cellar memory to draw on”. — Tim Shand