Winery: Ten Minutes by Tractor
Region: Mornington Peninsula - Victoria
Winemaker: Richard McIntyre, Jeremy Magyar & Martin Spedding
Varietal(s): 100% Pinot Noir
The Judd Vineyard Pinot Noir is the most reliably approachable of Ten Minutes by Tractor’s premium Pinots. It always shows a particular brightness of fruit, a high toned lusciousness, that is distinctive and draws the drinker in. While the McCutcheon broods and scowls moodily, the Judd reaches out and just wants you to have some fun.
It’s no ditz, though, this Pinot. The nose, although pretty and bright, is full of complex flavours and simply oozes varietal character. There are transparent red berries, crunchy and fresh, along with a bright sap note and a light dusting of brown spice. Because of its lilt and balance, this seems more immediately approachable than the McCutcheon, yet it matches its more muscular sibling on all counts of expressiveness and complexity.
A much more favourable season than 2011 though not without several interesting periods. Spring conditions were ideal for budburst and early season growth. With small bunches from the previous season’s cool, wet summer and a moderate to cool spell during flowering we saw moderate to low yields with highly concentrated flavours. An average overall hang time but our longest ever veraison-harvest interval (70 days v 57 day average) resulting in intensified flavour and colour development. A record difference between harvest in the lower north and the higher south (31 days v 17 day average).
Hand harvested in mid and late March and, on arrival at the winery, 100% destemmed. A 4-6 day pre-ferment maceration preceded a 100% wild yeast fermentation with manual plunging throughout, followed by a short post-ferment maceration (a total of 20-21 days on skins). Following pressing and a short settling period the wine was transferred to 25% new French oak barriques. After a natural 100% MLF with the onset of warmer temperatures in spring, the wine was bottled unfined and coarse filtered following a total of 17 months of oak maturation.