Tim Shand’s 2020 Chardonnay & Pinot Gris looking the goods

You have to take your hat off to Tim Shand at Punt Road. He’s made it his mission to treat wine-lovers  with respect by offering wines that are genuine and drinkable, while being easy to “get” and even easier to get down your throat. Gary Walsh of The Wine Front called him “the master of complexity at entry level prices,” which sums it up nicely.

The single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Gris both come with an RRP of just $24, and both are a celebration of their variety in a place – the Yarra Valley – that loves them well.

2020 Punt Road Pinot Gris $24

A few hours skin contact, some old oak, and a jolly good hard pressing, to wring out some more flavour. Good Gris.

Ripe brown pear, vanilla and white flowers, something like aniseed or liquorice in the mix too. It’s a little bit spicy, soft and cool feeling, quite juicy, subtle pear skin texture, and finishes well. Slight smokiness about it, though working as a positive.

90 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

2020 Punt Road Chardonnay $24

Lemon curd and white peach, some nutty biscuits and creamy nougat, but also quite fresh and frisky. It has a subtle glossiness and glycerol texture, a bit of grapefruity and pineapple acidity, and a slight chalkiness. A pleasing amount of flavour delivered with confident restraint. Very nice.

92 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

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