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 – 96 points: Deep, clear colour; a pocket rocket, built to travel far and live long. Black cherry, plum and spice all come through strongly after the lengthy elevage. Its tiny production is a shame, but it’s enabled James Lance to calculate an average 91gr bunch weight! Its best in years away.
|Grape Varieties||Pinot noir|
|Age of Vines||25 years old|
|Vinification||Hand picked. Wild yeast. 65% of fruit fermented as whole bunches with foot stomping. 20 days maceration.|
|Elevage||9 months in 100% new oak, Troncais and Allier 300L barrels. Estate bottled without fining or filtration.|
|Soil Type||degraded Silurian siltstone/clay over fissured rock.|