In 1975, after a two year search for their ideal vineyard site, David and Catherine Lance found a beautiful twenty acres of sloping land in the hamlet of St Andrews, Yarra Valley. The soils were poor, thin & riddled with rock. The elevation was high (280m) & the site was a natural amphitheatre, perfect for capturing sunlight without excessive heat.
The family began planting in 1976. With David and Catherine's retirement in 2005, James & Claire Lance took on Lance’s Vineyard & Winery, and started Punch. Together they believe that this vineyard has consistently proven itself to be one of Australia’s most distinguished sites.
Our vineyard is meticulously and sensitively cared for - using appropriate organic and holistic systems based on both science and years' experience. Vines are hand dressed, pruned and harvested. In the winery we use minimal interventions, harnessing natural yeasts, gravity settlings, slow elevage in barrel, and no fining or filtration. After estate bottling, we allow all of our wines significant time in bottle, to develop closer to their peak before release.
In February 2009, just a few weeks before harvest was to commence, a Black Saturday bushfire burnt though Lance's Vineyard, destroying our year's fruit. The community response to this day was remarkable in its generosity of spirit. Our personal experience of this was quick to come, with our phone ringing almost immediately, and grape grower friends asking “how can we help?”. Our answer was simple - “please sell us some grapes!” And they did. In each case they shared with us significant portions of their scant, wonderful 2009 crop. We thank them sincerely.
To honour and celebrate this help, we began a new label - Friends of Punch - incorporating a love heart as a symbol of our gratitude. As Lance's Vineyard has recovered from the fire, we have maintained Friends of Punch as the home for small parcels of beautiful fruit, grown on our friends' vineyards, made by us at our winery.
James and Claire Lance
Delivery is currently free of charge for both straight and mixed cases Australia Wide. (*excludes remote postcodes in WA and NT) (*excludes fundraising orders)
In most instances, a case is 12 bottles, including all mixed cases. Please note that the case quantity can vary between 3-12 bottles, depending on individual wine value and packaging configuration.
The number of bottles that define a straight case is marked in the product pricing page (i.e. "as part of any 6", "single bottle" and "3 or 6 or 12 bottle case").
Where all or part of the order is less than a case (as defined in the product pricing options, or 12 bottles if mixed) shipping will be charged as per your postcode at our cost price, this charge amount will be visible before your order confirmation and payment.
For example, a mixed bottle order of 18 bottles will include a freight charge for the second mixed case of only 6 bottles. A mixed 24 bottle order would be totally freight free.
Our intention is to offer free shipping to as many wine lovers as possible, however, given the geographically vast size of Australia, it is not possible for us to offer free shipping to 100% of postcodes. For estimated delivery times and further information see here. If you have any additional questions, please email us on email@example.com or call us on 1300 55 44 35