The Lance family famously made the Diamond Valley brand into one of the Yarra’s best. They sold that brand off and kept the family’s vineyard in St Andrews. In 2005 James and Claire leased the family vineyard and started building the ‘Punch’ label. The wine from the Punch Lance Vineyard are wines of supreme quality and further reinforce the Lance family’s reputation. Look out too for the Friends of Punch Label. Started in 2009 when the bushfires destroyed their harvest and friends donated fruit so they could make and sell wine.
A light and elegant style of Pinot. Lots of nuanced flavours and long finishing. The structure of this wine is a highlight, it is already a couple of years old but it will improve significantly with time in the bottle. Punch Lance Vineyard is everything that is great about Pinot Noir and I implore you to try it.
A region that is just too big to generalise about. The difference between Upper and Lower Yarra can be the ability to ripen some grapes or not. Great wines are made in the Yarra but it is best to know the producers.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.