In 1975, after a two-year quest for the perfect Yarra Valley site, David and Catherine Lance ended their search. They had found a beautiful twenty acres of sloping land overlooking the Diamond Creek in the hamlet of St. Andrews. The soils were poor, thin, and riddled with rock. The elevation was high (200m) but the site was a natural ampitheatre, perfect for capturing sunlight without excessive heat. Even better, because of its isolated location, they could afford it!
First they built their home, then the family moved in, and they began planting the vineyard in 1976 (Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon), adding more plantings in 1984 (Chardonnay), 1989 (Close-Planted Pinot Noir), 1998, and 2003 (Pinot Noir). The winery was built just in time for the 1989 vintage, moving the winemaking completely onto the estate.
Punch began on 1 January 2005, when we (James and Claire Lance) began leasing Lance's Vineyard and Winery, Yarra Valley, from David and Catherine Lance. We believe that this vineyard has proven itself to be one of Australia's distinguished sites, and our aim is to maximise the quality of the fruit grown here. In the winery we endeavour to minimise additions and wine movements, to keep oak in the background, and to be sensitive to each parcel of fruit. We want the wines to tell their own history.
Notes and Reviews
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2019 Edition (95)
Making micro-quantities like this isn’t easy; James Lance just makes is look that way. Cassis and bay leaf run the flavour line perfectly, with the usual balance of quality oak and fine tannins.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Age of Vines||38 years old|
|Vinification||Hand picked. Destemmed to small fermenter (not crushed), hand plunged. Wild yeast. 18 days' maceration.|
|Elevage||18 months in one 2nd use Troncais and Allier 300L barrel. Estate bottled without fining or filtration.|
|Production||65 dozens (2 barrels)|
|Soil Type||Degraded Silurian siltstone/clay over fissured rock|