Ten Minutes By Tractor "Estate" Chardonnay 2018
Winery: Ten Minutes by Tractor
Region: Mornington Peninsula - Victoria
Winemaker: Imogen Dillon & Martin Spedding
Varietal(s): 100% Chardonnay
"Aromatically, this begins with a tightly held set of notes that sit in a pithy lemon and herb spectrum. With swirling, this fans out to take in broader, more cushioned hints of vanilla and spice, but the aroma profile never sheds its delightfully nervy tension, so the whole bounces between tautness and richness. Don’t rush this wine, as extended nosing rewards with a constantly changing balance and set of components. It’s one to savour. In the mouth, this shows a subtlety and elegance that, as with the nose, shouldn’t be rushed."
Estate wines are those which express regional origin with barrel selections from individual vineyards merging their specific attributes into a coalescence which harmoniously blends into a whole. These wines represent what we believe to be the best expression of a Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir or Chardonnay each vintage. The aim is not to seek the individuality of the single vineyards, rather we liken our Estate Wines to a “field blend”, albeit one created at the tasting bench in the barrel room but nonetheless a blend of clones from a wide variety of individual vineyard blocks. Clone P58 (100) from our Wallis (45%), McCutcheon (35%) and Judd (20%) vineyards. Grapes hand-harvested through mid to late March, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 21% new French oak barriques. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts preceded a complete malolactic fermentation in spring and regular stirring of lees was carried out over a 10 month barrel maturation. Bottled unfined after filtration.