Winery: Ten Minutes by Tractor
Region: Mornington Peninsula - Victoria
Winemaker: Imogen Dillon & Martin Spedding
Varietal(s): 100% Pinot Noir
A more fragrant and trim Pinot from the Judd vineyard this year, in a rather mid-weight form. Tomato juice, a little subtle sweet vanilla oak and palate that is positively crunchy if a little ferrous. Translucent freshness is the aim here, and it feels so effortless. Lightness without being ‘light-bodied’ and with great palate concentration.
Grapes hand-harvested early April. 10% whole bunches with destemmed portion all whole berries, and transferred to 5 tonne concrete tanks. Held cold for a few days to delay start of indigenous yeast ferment which then typically runs for 25-30 days. Cap management by pump over with some plunging towards the end of the ferment. Following pressing, the wine was transferred to 27% new 228 litre French oak barrels for 11 months. Natural 100% malolactic fermentation before bottling unfined and with minimal filtration.